As a state titleholder, you get the chance to make a significant, long term impact.
But before she became Miss Michigan 2014, KT Maviglia had already met with congressmen and senators in regards to an issue that means a great deal to her: Hearing Loss.
When KT was 9 years old, she was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss – and now wears 2 hearing aids.
In mid-April of 2015, Senator Dale Zorn introduced legislation that require hearing aids be covered in children’s health insurance. Specifically, the coverage would give children with hearing loss, new hearing aids every 3 years until the age of 21.
As of our writing of this blogpost, the bill has yet to pass… But it has a fighting chance, because KT stepped up and decided to use her “Miss Michigan Microphone” for something greater than herself. In a recent article at MLive.com, KT says,
“It’s just amazing that this crown on the top of my head has allowed me to make such a difference,” she said. “If this legislation — an insurance mandate to cover hearing aids for individuals 21 and under, passes, it has the potential to affect tens of thousands of individuals.”
Funny enough – KT credits the Miss America program with getting her life ‘back on track’… While she was in high school, she stopped wearing her hearing aids – saying she didn’t want to be different. But when she started competing, she realized she could be a voice for young children who needed hearing aids, but couldn’t afford them.
KT’s also recently been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing – and will serve a three-year term as she continues to work though the non-profit organization she founded, called the KT Maviglia Foundation for Hearing Disabilites.
That’s what Junkies call… Making a Difference.
Go make an impact. With or with out the Crown.
Before we close – Junkies wanna give a quick shout-out to the current Miss Monroe County – ALANA RAE WILSON, the daughter of Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko! It’s always great to have the daughter of a beloved Miss America competing for her state title! #GoodLuckAlana
And now – Who do Junkies think has the best chance at being named Miss Michigan 2015??? That information was released on Sunday in the Junkies Newsletter! Click here to sign up for the Junkies Newsletter and we’ll send you our latest predictions! The latest newsletter is sent by 5pm EST every day – So have patience! It’s worth the wait!
GOOD LUCK LADIES!!! JUNKIES LOVE MICHIGAN!!!