Celebrating 100 Years ~ 1920 - 2020
The hearing for SB 423, the Hearing Aid Coverage for Children bill was held on Monday, January 20, 2020. This is a bill to require health insurance coverage for hearing aids and related services for children 18 years of age or younger. The original legislation only would provide coverage if “prescribed by an audiologist." The VSO and AAO worked together quickly to write a letter asking to amend the bill to include otolaryngologists. We are pleased to report that the bill passed Commerce and Labor Committee 15-0. The bill has now been referred to Finance and Appropriations.
Participating in VSO’s Lobby Day is a way for members to be a part of legislative discussions involving health care delivery in Virginia. VSO members held discussions with their legislators and hopefully will become someone the legislators can call on when a bill is presented that affects Otolaryngologists in Virginia.
Every year on April 16, otolaryngologists and other voice health professionals worldwide join together to recognize World Voice Day (WVD). World Voice Day encourages men and women, young and old, to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.
The Virginia General Assembly commended the VSO for bringing public attention to the prevalence of voice disorders and ways that people can help preserve and protect their voices. Read the full resolution here.
The VSO is grateful to Delegate Garrett for working with the VSO on this resolution.