September 2, 2014, Hearing Loss Association of America filed comments with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in opposition to the proposed roll back of rules that would disallow Medicare coverage for bone-anchored hearing devices. We argued that these devices should be considered prosthetic devices under the rules, and that the coverage should include both osseointegrated devices and any innovations that are developed to help those who cannot successfully use hearing aids, such as dental-anchored conductive devices.
More than 800 people have responded to our survey of hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones.
The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. We will be reviewing the results and post a summary in the near future. Please check back!
HLAA is thrilled to learn that on July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) out of committee. Watch this captioned video report by John Paré, Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and Joe Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey outside the Capitol. See video: http://youtu.be/PfaZZM510DY
HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission on their item, “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” This item generated huge interest: over a million comments were received by the FCC.
HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on The Federal Sector’s Obligation to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities. Our comments highlighted the needs to provide accommodations on request and in a timely manner, and propose that the Federal Government establish a centralized funding system for accommodations.
From the FCC:
The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host a public event, titled "Accessing Social Media," on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the FCC Headquarters (445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC). The purpose of the event is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices.
The April 15, 2013 bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and injured more than 260 others. One day after the Boston attack, One Fund Boston was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. In June this year, One Fund announced that an additional $18 million would be distributed to the victims of the Marathon bombings on top of the $61 million already disbursed.