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Congressman Cartwright Sponsors Bill to Cover Hearing Aids Under Medicare

Congressman Cartwright has sponsored a bill, The Help Extend Auditory Relief (HEAR) Act -- HR 3015, to amend the Social Security Act to cover hearing aids under Medicare:

  • Include Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation services, 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.
  • Include Medicare coverage for hearing aids, defined as any wearable instrument or device for compensating for hearing loss.

NVRC encourages you to contact the member of Congress who represents your district to request that he support this bill. For more information about the bill and how your representation can become a cosponsor, contact Brian Payne at 202-225-5546 or

For information on contacting your representative:

Thanks to Janice S Lintz

Members of Congress are joining with the deaf community to bring more deaf interns and staffers to Capitol Hill.

In February, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and ranking member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., began monthly lectures that educate senators and their staffs about deaf culture and teach basic phrases in American Sign Language. The Congressional Deaf Caucus in the House is working to raise awareness with members of Congress who represent the nation’s 63 residential schools for the deaf, and encouraging those offices to hire deaf interns and staffers.

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