This year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 635, which says insurance companies must include coverage for hearing aids for all enrollees under 21 if medically necessary.

“The only thing left is for the governor to sign it,” Marciniak said. “I don’t see what would stop him for helping thousands of children in the state who need hearing aids.”

Newsom’s office said it doesn’t typically comment on pending legislation, and the governor has until October 14 to act.

As for Marie, after getting her hearing aids, she sprang back to her old self. She is now 13 and learning right alongside other children of her age.

“She is doing great. But it could have been a very different story without those hearing aids,” Marciniak said.