Hearing Loss Association of America
(HLAA) Campaign Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids.
HLAA is embarking on a campaign
to support enactment of the Help Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013,
HR 3150, the Hear Act by Congress. The HEAR ACT would provide for
hearing Medicare coverage of hearing health services and hearing
HLAA Michigan State Association
is supporting this campaign. Along with our national organization,
we are asking you to help support the campaign by writing a letter
to your representative in Congress. Let your representative know
just how important hearing is to you and how coverage under Medicare
will help you and your family, your friends and your community.
Please read the information below about HR 3150, copy and paste
the sample letter that follows into an email, or write your own
message, and send it to your representative in Congress today.
ACTION NEEDED - HEARING AID COVERAGE
UNDER MEDICARE: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
In September of 2013 a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of
Representatives that if passed would provide hearing aid coverage
under Medicare. Specifically, HR 3150, the Help Extend Auditory
Relief Act of 2013 would:
> amend the Social Security
Act to include Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation, 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
> extend Medicare coverage
to hearing aids, defining them as any wearable instrument or device
for compensating for hearing loss.
To date only 21 US Representatives
have signed on as co-sponsors of this bill. Let's make our voices
heard! You do not need to be 65 years and older to advocate
that your representative support this bill by signing on as a co-sponsor.
We all know a family member or friend who could benefit from the
passage of this law and believe it or not, someday you will be over
The only member of the House of Representative from Michigan who
is a co-sponsor at this time is Representative Gary Peters. If you
live in his district we urge you to send a message to Rep. Peters
thanking him for his support.
If you are in any other district, please contact your representative
by phone or email and urge him/her to co-sponsor this bill. Include
a reminder that one out of 3 people over the age of 65 has a hearing
loss and this is the age group that is the most politically active
and has the highest percentage of voters. Many of these constituents
would be hugely grateful for this support. Make your comments short,
to the point and from the heart.
If you do not know who your representative is, go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
and search by zip code. Use your representative's email to send
your comments and make your feelings known. A sample letter follows
at the end of this message.
If you would like to read the text of this bill, go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.3150:
Content for this message is taken primarily from the HLAA website.
For more detail see: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/hearing-aid-coverage-medicare
Thank you for your advocacy effort! Hearing Loss Association of
Michigan State Association Advocacy Committee
SAMPLE LETTER: You
can use the sample letter below to get started:
The Honorable (your representative's name)
US House of Representatives
I write to you today to express my support for H.R. 3150, the Help
Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013, introduced by Representative
Matt Cartwright (PA-17). Nearly 17% of all Americans report some
sort of hearing loss, including a third of all individuals over
the age of 65. A study conducted by the National Council on Aging
(NCOA) found that individuals over 50 years of age living with untreated
hearing loss and are more likely to become isolated and suffer from
depression. Other studies have shown a link between hearing loss
For many people, hearing aids are a simple solution.
They can significantly improve quality of life. Unfortunately, without
the benefit of insurance coverage, hearing aids and related hearing
services can be prohibitively expensive. Currently, Medicare does
not cover the cost of hearing aids, leaving seniors to pay out of
pocket for their hearing exams and hearing aids except for those
who have private insurance that covers part of the cost; and such
policies are few. Hearing aids are incredibly expensive, ranging
from $600 to over $5,000 each. These high price tags prevent many
seniors from seeking a very basic solution that could dramatically
improve their lives.
The Help Extend Auditory Relief Act of 2013 would
benefit America's seniors by amending the Social Security Act to
include Medicare coverage for hearing rehabilitation, including
hearing tests and hearing aids. Under H.R. 3150, Medicare recipients
could receive 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.
I urge you to co-sponsor The Help Extend Auditory
Relief Act to improve the health and quality of life for many seniors.
Please become a cosponsor of this important bill today.
[Be sure to sign your name and include your address]
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