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Senate Mulls “Build Back Better Act” and Coverage of Hearing Aids by Medicare

The $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Act was passed by the US House of Representatives on Friday, November 19, and is now with the Senate for what is sure to be a bumpy ride. The bill includes coverage of hearing aids once every 5 years for people with severe to profound hearing loss, as well as funding for universal preschool, expanded Child Tax Credits, several health and pandemic-related initiatives, renewable energy credits, and more.

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Bipartisanship? It Could Be Possible with Telehealth

Now with the pandemic in retreat, lawmakers are considering the appropriate scope of telehealth services, reimbursement policies, and patient access. HIA's Bridget Dobyan contends that, in a rare area of bipartansanship, US legislators could be on the threshold of a transformative time in health policy and the delivery of healthcare.

Outrage or Contrition? How to React to the USPSTF’s Apathy on Hearing Screening by Physicians

As it did 8 years ago, USPSTF has come to the same conclusion that there is not enough evidence to recommend physicians screen for hearing loss in adults age 50 and older without signs or symptoms of hearing loss. How should we react to this? An opinion is offered from Karl Strom, Douglas Beck, David Fabry, Thomas Powers, and Kate Carr.

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Individuals with Hearing Loss Allege Health Plan Discriminated Against Them in Denial of Coverage

A federal appeals court who heard the case determined that “insurance companies cannot discriminate against disabled people by broadly denying coverage for the types of treatment they need,” according to the article, but said the plaintiffs may not be entitled to coverage because “not everyone with a hearing loss is disabled.”

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