TO ENSURE THAT PATIENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR HEARING AID SPECIALIST UNDER THEIR HEALTH BENEFIT PLANS AND TO AUTHORIZE THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE HEARING AID DEALERS AND FITTERS BOARD TO INCREASE CERTAIN FEES.
As title indicates. Amends GS 58-50-30 to add that insured persons have the right to choose their hearing aid specialist, and adds a definition for the term. Amends GS 93D-5 to increase the licensure fee for persons fitting and selling hearing aids in NC to $500 (was, $250). Makes a conforming change to GS 135-48.51(12) (concerning the State Health Plan). Effective July 1, 2012.