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Rep. Weinstein Says Real State of the State is Ohio is Falling Behind, Putting People First Key to Better and Brighter Future, Calls for Madeline's Law Advancement

April 10, 2024
Casey Weinstein News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) today acknowledges that following Governor Mike DeWine’s State of the State address that many Ohioans find themselves living in a state they believe is headed in the wrong direction. House Democrats are committed to creating a better and brighter future for all Ohioans by continuing the fight to put people first. 

“As Governor DeWine mentioned today, all children have the right to have the tools they need to reach their potential. This right starts with making sure our children can hear,” said Rep. Weinstein. “Currently, in Ohio private insurers are still not required to cover hearing aids for kids, which poses notable barriers for families trying to access these devices. Today, I call on my colleagues over in the Senate to put the culture wars aside and put these kids and their families first.” 

Madeline’s Law passed the House 85 -8 on June of last year. If signed into law, HB 152 would add Ohio to the list of 25 other states that require insurance providers to cover hearing aid costs for children. Madeline’s Law—named after Ohio native Madeline Rohlin—was first introduced in the 133rd General Assembly. 

The bill still awaits further hearings in the Insurance Senate Committee.

Enacting policies like Madeline’s Law, that put people first, is essential in ensuring that all Ohioans—no matter their race, gender, or economic status—have the freedom to be who they are, the dignity of a safe community and secure job, and the opportunity to thrive.