Thursday, August 21, 2014 / ListeningandSpokenLanguage.org
On July 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that would reclassify bone-anchored implants (i.e., osseointegrated hearing implants) from a prosthetic device to a hearing aid. This would effectively end Medicare reimbursement, since hearing aids are not covered under Medicare.
If the rule is adopted, it will affect thousands of people who do not benefit from hearing aids and people who need to replace or update their bone-anchored implant. The proposed changes threaten to eliminate what may be the best—and only—option for individuals with microtia, atresia, conductive hearing losses and single-sided deafness. Click here and here for more background and information.
There are only 10 days left to submit comments to CMS on the proposed rule! The comment period ends on September 2, and the final ruling by CMS is expected sometime around November 1. Click here to submit comments. Click here for guidance on comment submission for professionals, candidates, recipients, caregivers and supporters.
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 email@example.com.
For information on contacting your representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Thanks to Janice S Lintz