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The Medicare program has excluded coverage for hearing aids and related audiology services since its implementation in 1965, despite documented risks associated with untreated hearing loss and links to other chronic conditions. While the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 will soon allow access to hearing aids for mild-to-moderate hearing loss without the services of … Read more

CMA Alert – Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care;  OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; More

Care is Compromised Under CMS’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model: A Case In Point Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act Signed into Law Severe Harm if ACA Cost-Sharing Payments End Care is Compromised Under CMS’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model: A Case In Point On a Friday this past March, “Ms. T”, … Read more

Action is needed for the 30 million Americans affected by hearing loss Access a recording of the briefing at: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=sfxfevabid3j&campaign=cslq7e4xvr5g June 23, 2016 – WASHINGTON – In a noon-time briefing, health and advocacy experts urged policymakers to update Medicare to cover hearing services. Hearing loss affects nearly 30 million Americans, but only 1 in 5 … Read more

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (about which the Center for Medicare Advocacy has commented) was recently highlighted by ABC News. The Report, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, rightly names hearing loss as a public health priority and social health responsibility. Even mild hearing … Read more

“The June 2, 2016 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine rightly named hearing loss as a public health priority and social health responsibility. The Report’s findings demonstrate the urgent need to update Medicare coverage to reflect the serious health issues that stem from hearing loss. “Hearing loss affects nearly 30 million Americans, … Read more

Since its implementation in 1965, Medicare has excluded coverage for hearing aids and related audiology services despite the large numbers of older Americans that have hearing loss. It is increasingly well-documented, however, that untreated hearing loss often leads to a variety of serious health problems and injuries. This means the cost of not treating audiology … Read more

By Max Richtman, President & CEO National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare As we celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary, it’s important to remember that one of Medicare’s most important hallmarks is the program’s long and successful history of adapting to the changing demographic and health security needs of America’s seniors.  Ten thousand Americans turn … Read more