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Sens Grassley and Warren Release OTC Hearing Aid Report

Sens Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) released the findings of their new bipartisan investigative report: Loud and Clear: Why Americans Want Effective and Affordable Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids – and How Powerful Special Interests are Trying to Undermine Them.

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Florida Senate Passes Hearing Aid Bill for Children

“SB 498” stipulates that “'a health insurer issuing an individual policy that provides major medical or similar comprehensive coverage for a dependent child' to cover hearing aids at $3,500 per ear for two years, including at least six ear molds over that same period,” according to “WFLA.”

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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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‘NBC News’ Article Discusses OTC Hearing Aids

A recent article appearing on the “NBC News” website by Phil Galewitz with “Kaiser Health News,” discusses the expansion of over-the-counter hearing devices currently on the market for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, in the absence of FDA regulations governing the 2017 “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Law.”

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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.

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A Comment on Biden’s Recent Executive Order Regarding Hearing Care

Recently, Good Morning America (ABC) aired a story about a recent announcement from the Biden administration regarding hearing aids. According to the story, the Biden administration has issued an executive order directed to the Department of Health and Human Services to do two things. First, to issue plans to “combat price gouging” regarding hearing aid costs within 45 days and second, to take action within 120 days to propose getting hearing aids available over the counter.

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