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Boy, 9, Wins NC Hearing-Aid Coverage for Youth

RALEIGH, N.C.  -- A 9-year-old boy who got a bill approved requiring North Carolina health insurers to cover hearing aids for young people says he wanted to help other kids.

The Legislature gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure mandating insurers pay up to $2,500 per ear for hearing aids every three years for children up to 21 years of age. The Senate unanimously approved the bill that now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

Third-grader Collin Tastet (TASS'-tet) of Greensboro helped lobby for the bill last year and was at the Legislative Building on Wednesday. Collin has worn hearing aids since he was 8 weeks old. His father said the bill won't affect Collin because he managed to get hearing aids covered for him as a baby.