This is an important Act presented by US Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee to Expand Medicare to include Hearing Aids and Exams.
According to an article in The Hearing Review, there is mounting evidence that indicates the importance of dental, vision, and hearing health to overall health, as outlined in findings in a 2018 Commonwealth Fund Report.
Hearing – Among all Medicare beneficiaries, 75% who needed a hearing aid did not have one, which can range in cost from $1,000 to $6,000. When Medicare doesn’t provide a helping hand, a $4,500 mid-level hearing aid is an unaffordable luxury for too many.
“This bill offers more care from Medicare responding to basic dental, hearing, and vision impairments for seniors and individuals with disabilities. It fulfills the original purpose of Medicare—to assure dignity—helping those who have difficulty seeing, hearing, or eating,” said Doggett in the announcement. “This legislation provides Medicare beneficiaries swift access to necessary preventative care in 2022 and additional services thereafter. It treats dental, vision, and hearing care the same as existing health care under Medicare, with no cost-sharing for preventative care and no more than the standard 20% copay for all other services. The alternative of expanding Medicare coverage with steep copays would offer false hope to those who cannot afford care today. The best way of securing meaningful advancement of better Medicare is this fall, through Reconciliation.”
You can read the full article in The Hearing Review by CLICKING HERE:
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Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
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