A nearly two-decade-long battle may soon be victorious as a monumental bill aimed at expanding insured hearing services for children in California has reached the governor’s desk. Dubbed the “Let California Kids Hear Act,” Assembly Bill 598 would force health insurance providers to cover the costs of hearing aids and related services for those under the age of 18.
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SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed the California State Assembly. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services for children under 18 years of age.
SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation Wednesday capping rent increases as the nation’s most populous state struggles with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.
Assembly members voted 46-22 to limit annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation. The cap expires in 2030 and would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years and single-family homes not owned by corporations or trusts. Also exempt are duplexes where the owner lives in one unit.
A community gathering and vigil will be held Thursday evening at the aquarium beneath the Santa Monica Pier.
The ocean protection organization Heal the Bay will host the vigil from 6 to 10 p.m. at its aquarium to grieve the 34 victims of the Conception boat fire, including two Santa Monicans, Charles Mcllvain and Marybeth Guiney. Guiney was a Heal the Bay cleanup volunteer and donor dating back to 2011, according to a Heal the Bay press release.
SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, September 5, the California State Assembly approved AB 1399, Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) measure to close loopholes in the Ellis Act that have allowed some landlords to displace tenants and raise the price of rent control units. Though misuse of the Ellis Act has existed for decades, the current housing crisis has exacerbated the problem.
UCLA scientists are leading a $10 million project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change.
For Rick Caruso, developer of The Grove, hearing loss hits close to home. His daughter, Gianna, was born with hearing loss, which was detected with a hearing test that was mandated by state law.
A group of state lawmakers recently traveled to the U.S. border with Mexico to visit a federal detention center and a nonprofit shelter. Officials said the trip was designed to provide a comparison between the two experiences and possibly prompt further action by elected officials.The group includes several Santa Monica based officials including State Senator Ben Allen, Representative Richard Bloom and former Mayor Tony Vazquez. It was organized by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus and also included representatives from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Broadway star Idina Menzel and Caruso founder and CEO Rick J. Caruso kicked off a statewide campaign Monday to make sure all children have access to hearing aids. The actress and singer announced her support at The Grove for Assembly Bill 598, a new bill that would require private health insurance companies to cover the costs of hearing aids for children.