Sec. 602 adds new hearing benefits to Medicare Part B and provides hearing aid coverage for individuals with severe or profound hearing loss. Hearing aids are included as covered prosthetic devices starting 2024, and payment may not be made more than once every 5 years (does not include over the counter devices and coverage is pursuant to an order by a physician or qualified audiologist).
The bill would also recognize audiologists as practitioners under Medicare and allow qualified audiologists to provide aural rehabilitation and treatment services.
The House’s passage of H.R. 3 is a landmark day in the history of the Medicare program. It serves as a historic blueprint for both bringing down drug costs and expanding benefits for all Medicare beneficiaries. Simply put, it is a “win-win” opportunity. We urge the Senate to take this bill up and the President to sign it into law. Write to your senators and ask them to pass this bill. https://legis.wisconsin.gov/
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We now have our two proposals formally introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature to help benefit hard of hearing people throughout Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 615 (AB615) and Senate Bill 601 (SB601) relates to the installation of hearing loops in state buildings. More specifically, this proposal would require the installation of a hearing loop in any new state owned building or new renovation that has a meeting space for 15 or more people with an audible communication system. There are some exceptions allowed which are spelled out in the bill. Note that some type of assistive listening system is already mandated to be installed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Wisconsin Building Code.
Assembly Bill 616 (AB616) and Senate Bill 604 (SB604) requires that hearing aid dispensers and audiologists inform their clients about options that provide a connection between the hearing instrument and an assistive listening system, that are enhanced by telecoils (which are specifically mentioned in the bill). This is simply a consumer education proposal to require the sellers (audiologists or hearing aid dispensers) to inform, discuss and instruct their clients about telecoils and other options. Too often the issue of telecoils, hearing loops and assistive listening systems that are mandated by the ADA are not discussed completely with clients. This bill hopes to correct that omission and ensure that a more complete conversation takes place.
For more info: https://www.hlaawi.org/legislation.html
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