Transcript for How parents are fighting to get insurance to cover hearing aids
again. You think so? We turn to the battle for children who need hearing AIDS but can't get them because they're not covered by health insurance in 25 states. Private insurance companies are not required to cover the cost and it could run into thousands of dollars and some parents are fighting back. Good morning again. Many people don't know that hearing AIDS are not covered. ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO brought this story to our attention about two mothers in Ohio who are taking action. A child's right to hear. Something parents are now fighting for when their private insurance companies won't cover the cost of hearing AIDS. I got the bills and realized that not one penny of any of the services that we went through were covered. Reporter: Karen krugo's kids needed hearing AIDS but the response from her insurance company was concerning. Of course, we wanted to do everything that we could do to make sure that she would learn to hear and speak as well as any other child. Reporter: According to the American academy of audiology only half the states in America require insurance companies to cover any cost of hearing AIDS for children? Historically the feeling has been treating hearing loss is not a medical necessity and I think we would argue otherwise. Overall it's a pretty significant cost. Reporter: That cost ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 per pair. He needs them to hear the fire alarm and to know if somebody is at the door. It's a matter of safety and it could be life or death. I'm very fortunate that my parents are able to afford what I need to be able to hear. Reporter: A spokesperson for America's health insurance plans an association that reps private insurance companies tells ABC news it's important to keep in mind whenever there is a mandate to cover a new set of services, it results inevitably in everyone pays higher premiums which they say could put coverage out of reach entirely for some families. Just this year alone 12 states introduced legislation which would mandate children's hearing and coverage if passed. Where we are now we have come a long way but we obviously have a long way to go. Right now the life span of one can vary but they generally last an average of about four to six years so parents would likely then have to replace them for their kids which makes them even more costly for families. This is thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars so we hope something gets done. Absolutely. You'll let us know. I will. Let's head over T
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