Chicago — The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) is calling on its members to send a quick email to their Congressional representative, urging them to support the ability of Medicare recipients to see audiologists without a physician referral.
Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark) has introduced The Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act of 2011 (HR 2140) to Congress. The bill has bipartisan support, having 11 original co-sponsors.
If passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law by the President, the legislation would allow Medicare beneficiaries the option of going directly to a qualified audiologist for hearing and balance diagnostic tests.
Currently, Medicare requires that beneficiaries with hearing loss or balance disorders obtain a physician referral before seeing an audiologist.
AAA has a new Legislative Action Center on its Web site that allows supporters of hearing health care related legislation to easily sign a pre-written e-mail to their Representative. The system also allows supporters to add to the message or to write their own message.
SOURCE: American Academy of Audiology