FRANKFORT – Legislation designed to help a Pike County boy and potentially 400 or more other citizens with similar medical conditions cleared its final legislative hurdle Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted unanimously for Senate Bill 193, soon to be known as Noah’s Law. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who sponsored similar legislation in the House and spoke on behalf of the Senate legislation, said Friday’s vote “will have a major impact on these families and provide them the coverage they should have had all along. I’m grateful this is one of the first bills to pass both chambers this legislative session.”
Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II first brought Noah’s plight to the attention of the General Assembly and sponsored similar legislation in that chamber.
“I am pleased that Noah’s Law now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law,” Sen. Jones said. “I am happy for Noah Greenhill’s family and other families across the state who will see the positive impact of this important piece of legislation.”
The legislation is named after Noah Greenhill, a nine-year-old who is essentially allergic to all but a handful of foods. As such, he has a permanent feeding tube that uses an amino acid-based elemental formula costing about $40 a day. Noah’s insurance company, however, refused to cover that cost, saying state law did not mandate it. This law will ensure that loophole is closed.
As approved, Senate Bill 193 would help those suffering from eosinophilic disorders, food protein allergies and short-bowel syndrome. It now goes to Governor Bevin’s desk for his signature.
“Senator Jones and I want to thank state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who also is a doctor, for his work on this legislation and for sponsoring Senate Bill 193,” Speaker Stumbo said. “The other Pike County legislators – Reps. Leslie Combs, Chris Harris and John Short – are to be commended as well for their tireless support.”