medicare hearing aid coverage

Policy Experts Float Idea of Medicare Coverage for Hearing Services

Since the inception of the program, some 50 years ago, Medicare has excluded coverage for dental, vision and hearing services. The program has directly contributed to sharp declines in mortality and longer life expectancy for those aged 65 and older. Today, however, given the linkage between increased costs and poorer overall health and disorders related…

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otc hearing aid debate

OTC Device Standards & Regulations Hotly Debated at June 9th NASEM Meeting

By several accounts NASEM’s hearing health care report dissemination meeting, held June 9th in Washington, DC, was well attended and full of lively discussion on a range of issues related to accessible and affordable hearing care. According to a few of the meeting participants, the creation by the FDA of an over-the-counter (OTC) category of…

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warren otc hearing aid act

OTC Hearing Aid Opponents Find Unlikely Ally in Conservative, Pro-Gun Group

SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA — Opponents of the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act have found a new ally in a conservative gun-rights organization: Gun Owners of America (GOA). The 1.5 million-member organization has expressed concern that the measure would change the way certain hunting products are regulated, specifically Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) which are used by many…

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ADA to Host Audiology Hackathon Series

According to a recent press release, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) will host a 3-part online Audiology Hackathon series to bring audiologists, students, consumers, and other experts together virtually, for the purpose of addressing specific issues, and to foster greater awareness and action around hearing health as a public health concern. The Audiology…

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Another Prominent US Senator Co-Sponsors OTC Hearing Aid Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Another prominent lawmaker has joined the ranks of bipartisan co-sponsors for the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, announced her support of the bill originally introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a press release this week. The…

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UPDATE: OTC Hearing Aid Legislation Merged with FDA Bill, Now “Much More Likely” to Pass

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and International Hearing Society (IHS) learned yesterday afternoon that the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act legislation has now been attached to the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFA). According to AAA President Ian Windmill, the MDUFA bill is considered “must-pass” and is scheduled to…

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audiology choice act

Audiology Patient Choice Act Reintroduced into US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), and Lynn Jenkins (R- Kan.) re-introduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2276) into the U.S. House of Representatives this week, to help “streamline an outdated Medicare policy by giving patients direct access to audiologists without requiring referral from a medical doctor”. “Medicare users,…

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maine hearing aid insurance coverage

Maine Legislators Considering Hearing Aid Insurance Coverage for All

AUGUSTA, MAINE — A state legislator in Maine has proposed that the state require insurance plans cover hearing aids for people of all ages. Representative Jim Handy, a Democrat from Lewiston, proposed a bill in which insurers would be required to pay up to $3,000 per hearing aid to those that need them. The bill, which…

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georgia hearing aid bill

Children’s Hearing Aid Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Georgia House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A bill that would require insurance companies in the state of Georgia to cover hearing aids for children was approved late last month by the state Senate by a margin of 47-6. A prior version of the bill had already passed in the state House by 155-5. Now, the legislation heads to…

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hearing aid tax credit senate

Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill Reintroduced in US Senate

WASHINGTON, DC — On January 5th, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 48) in the US Senate. If the proposed bi-partisan legislation is enacted, it will provide a $500 tax credit per hearing aid purchased, with the credit available every five years.  Similar versions of the…

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