The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 615 - Health Insurance - Hearing Aids - Coverage for Children.

This bill requires a health insurer, nonprofit health service plan or HMO to provide coverage for a hearing aid (up to $1,400 per aid for each hearing-impaired ear every 36 months) for a covered child if the hearing aid is prescribed, fitted, and dispensed by a licensed audiologist.

House Bill 160, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 615.

Parris N. Glendening