HB 490 will be read and voted on in the Senate any time now! Contact your SENATOR immediately, even if you have contacted him previously, and let them know you want him/her to vote YES for HB490.
Remind him/her that this bill relates to a health benefit plan coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants for children and will allow families with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to have the same benefits as children under Medicaid.
You can find your Senator here: Who Represents Me?
We have a petition on change.org with over 7,000 signatures. Add yours to show your support and receive email updates as the bill progresses.
Dear Senator ____________,
I am writing to urge you to support HB490. This legislation is critical for Texas families and children who are diagnosed with hearing loss.
A lack of early intervention and amplification in young children can severely impact speech, language, and brain development; academic achievement; and social and emotional development. Furthermore, without early intervention, special education costs for deaf or hard of hearing students can total $420,000 per child with a lifetime cost of approx. $1 million in special education, lost wages and health complications.
Please give Texas children a chance to hear.