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N.J. insurers must cover children's hearing aids

Health insurers in New Jersey are now legally required to cover hearing aids for children.

Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey signed "Grace's Law" yesterday, requiring insurers to cover the cost of hearing aids for children 15 and younger. The benefit can be capped at $1,000 per hearing aid every 24 months.

Codey is filling in while Gov. Corzine is away for the holidays.

The estimated cost to the state is $348,000 per year for the next three years for children insured under state programs. The law is named for Grace Gleba, who was born with a severe hearing impairment.

- AP