Idina Menzel Backs Measure to Give Kids Access to Hearing Aids

Idina Menzel Backs Measure to Give Kids Access to Hearing Aids

Along with Rick Caruso, she’s backing a bill to require insurance to cover the devices.

Broadway star Idina Menzel and Caruso founder and CEO Rick J. Caruso kicked off a statewide campaign this week to make sure all children have access to hearing aids, KABC News reports.

The actress and singer announced her support for Assembly Bill 598, which would require private health insurance companies to cover the costs of hearing aids for children.

Menzel shared how having a niece who is hard of hearing has personally affected her, and how integral hearing is for early child development.

“My beautiful niece was at a party as a bunch of kids started singing ‘Let It Go,’ I swear I didn’t pick that song … my sweet little niece was standing off to the side not participating. Mom knew then and there something wasn’t right,” she said.

Caruso talked about his 19-year-old daughter Gianna, who was fitted with her first hearing aids at 6 months old.

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