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Hearing Aids for Low-income Seniors Act

BILL NO. 46

(as introduced)

1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
66 Elizabeth II, 2017



Private Member's Bill



Hearing Aids for Low-income Seniors Act



Larry Harrison
Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley



First Reading: October 13, 2017

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Note

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

(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;

(d) have

(i) an income of $18,000 or less, if single, or

(ii) a household income of $21,000 or less, if married; and

(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.

(3A) The money required for the purpose of subsection (3) must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.

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:

(ca) subject to subsection (3A), requiring the funding of 75% of the cost of a hearing aid up to a maximum of

(i) $500 for one, and

(ii) $1,000 for two,

every five years for residents of the Province who

(iii) are over the age of 65 years,

(iv) are insured persons,

(v) have

(A) an income of $18,000 or less, if single, or

(B) a household income of $21,000 or less, if married, and

(vi) 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 designated service provider.

(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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