The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010 by President Barack Obama. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the law’s goal is to make health insurance available and affordable to people and small groups, such as employees of small businesses and organizations, who are uninsured. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.
HLAA Chapters and state organizations as well as individual HLAA members working with their state offices for hard of hearing and deaf people, with state insurance commissioners, and with state legislatures, have an opportunity to advocate to add or expand coverage for hearing aids in future ACA plans. It will take forethought, good planning, and some roll-up-your-sleeves advocacy for those willing to increase hearing aid coverage under the ACA. [Read more]