Hearing Aid Coverage Under Medicare: You CAN Make a Difference!

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Hearing Aid Coverage Under Medicare: You CAN Make a Difference!

May 2 2014

In October 2013, HLAA sent out a letter in support  for a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives that if passed would provide hearing aid coverage under Medicare.

Introduced by Representative Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania, the Help Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013, the HEAR Act (HR 3150), would:

  • amend the Social Security Act to include Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation, including a comprehensive audiology assessment to determine if a hearing aid is appropriate, a threshold test to determine audio acuity, and various services associated with fitting, adjusting, and using hearing aids.
  • extend Medicare coverage to hearing aids, defining them as any wearable instrument or device for compensating for hearing loss.

The bill has picked up 20 co-sponsors but will surely need more to for this bill to move forward. To do that, members of the US House of Representatives need to hear from you. They need to know how this bill would change your life, and the lives of so many others.

If you are unsure who your representative is, you can look that up on the Find Your Representative page and search by zip code. Then use the Representative’s email form to send your comments. That’s the fastest and best way to make your feelings known. Even though it’s sent via email, the same rules apply to sending your support letter: make it short, to the point, and from the heart.

Remember to address the email formally. View sample letter in Word format.

If you have any questions, email us at advocacy@hearingloss.org. And let HLAA know if you do send out a letter and what you hear back. advocacy@hearingloss.org . Your voice is important. The only way this bill will move is if they hear from you!