BOSTON, MA — Two of the North Shore’s state legislators are pushing a invoice that may require insurance coverage firms to reimburse Alopecia sufferers for hair prostheses.
Rep. Sally Kerans (D-Danvers) and Sen. Joan Beautiful (D-Salem) filed the laws that they mentioned would shut an insurance coverage hole that retains the hair alternative out of attain for a lot of who expertise full hair loss due to a documented medical situation.
The Joint Committee on Monetary Serviced heard testimony on the invoice Tuesday with advocates saying hair loss may cause emotional and well being ache for younger sufferers. The invoice would additionally require insurance coverage firms to cowl facial pigmentation bills for Alopecia sufferers.
“It is a modest proposal that gives fundamental protection the Alopecia sufferers each want and deserve,” Rep. Kerans mentioned. “Shedding your hair whenever you’re an adolescent from a medical situation is difficult sufficient. You should not must battle your insurance coverage firm to cowl the price of a remedy which may nicely stop additional well being problems down the highway.”
Kerans was the sponsor of comparable laws when she first represented the North Shore in 1994.
“Alopecia is an autoimmune illness and one that’s recognized by a doctor,” Sen. Beautiful mentioned. “This laws acknowledges that truth and allows these sufferers to make use of their medical health insurance to handle a well being want.”
The protection wouldn’t apply to pure hair loss as a part of the growing old course of.
(Scott Souza is a Patch discipline editor masking Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He may be reached at Scott.Souza@Patch.com. Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)