BILL NO. 46
1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
66 Elizabeth II, 2017
Private Member's Bill
Hearing Aids for Low-income Seniors Act
First Reading: October 13, 2017
This Bill provides for financial assistance for Nova Scotia residents over the age of 65 who require a hearing aid for long-term hearing loss.
An Act to Provide for Affordable
Hearing Aids for Low-income Seniors
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Hearing Aids for Low-income Seniors Act.
2 Section 17 of Chapter 197 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Health Services and Insurance Act, as amended by Chapter 20 of the Acts of 1992 and Chapter 7 of the Acts of 2011, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following subsections:
(3) Subject to subsection (3A), the Governor in Council shall make regulations on or before March 31, 2018, respecting the MSI plan requiring the funding of 75% of the cost of a hearing aid up to a maximum of
3 (1) Subsection 71(3) of Chapter 44 of the Acts of 2012, the Insured Health Services Act, is amended by adding immediately after clause (c) the following clause:
(a) $500 for one; and
(b) $1,000 for two,
every five years for residents of the Province who
(c) are over the age of 65 years;
(i) an income of $18,000 or less, if single, or
(e) have long-term hearing loss requiring the use of a hearing aid for a minimum of six months, which hearing loss has been confirmed by a provider.
(ii) a household income of $21,000 or less, if married; and
(3A) The money required for the purpose of subsection (3) must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
(2) Section 71 of Chapter 44 is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (3) the following subsection:
(3A) The money required for the purpose of clause (3)(ca) must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
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