A new Texas state bill will allow deaf or hard of hearing children on Medicaid to receive screenings, tests, and hearing devices at school, according to an article on the KSAT 12 website.

Rep. Diego Bernal (D-TX) created House Bill 706 in order to allow the government to reimburse school districts that provide audiology services for children on Medicaid. According to the article, some schools can use their own contracted audiologists and provide services on-site, allowing a more cost-efficient solution.

Changes to Medicaid reimbursements in 2014 made it difficult, if not impossible, for audiologists to receive payment for treating children in the program, according to KSAT‘s reporting.

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Source: KSAT 12