Does Hearing Insurance Exist?
Insurance can be a wonderful thing. What’s not always wonderful is trying to figure out what is covered by insurance, especially when it comes to the ‘other’ coverages like dental, vision and hearing. Hearing care is being more widely accepted as a necessary medical expense and that is translating in to more of the larger insurance companies recognizing hearing evaluation and hearing aids as coverage-worthy. There are many instances in which patients do not realize they have a hearing benefit or discount program, so make sure you have this checked by our office when you call to make an appointment even if you aren’t sure if you have a benefit or not.
Currently one of the big moves being made regarding insurance in the hearing industry involves Medicare. As part of the “18 x 18 initiative” that has been taken on by the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and presented to Congress, the Patient Choice Act (H.R. 5304) is a measure to allow Medicare patients direct access to audiologists and would grant audiologists limited license status with Medicare. Currently, audiologists need a referral from a physician for Medicare to offer any hearing evaluation coverage. the current state of Medicare is currently such that they do not offer coverage for hearing aids themselves. The measure recently gained the additional support of the American Academy of Audiology as well. With a new Congress and new session, this will need We will share updates on the results of these efforts here, so check back often.
Estes Audiology Hearing Centers works with many different insurance companies to provide our patients with the best options available when it comes to hearing care and hearing aids. We are always adding to our network and are happy to check your hearing benefits when you call our office for an appointment. If your interested in audiology measures in Congress, you can find more information by looking up the Patient Choice Act (H.R. 5304) and the Help Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013 (H.R. 3150), which would extend Medicare coverage to hearing aids.