Are Your Congressional Representatives On-Board for
Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Builds Support
Alexandria, VaApproximately 70 members of the US House of Representatives and 11 members of the US Senate have signed on as co-sponsors to HR 414 and S 1060, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit bill. The new billswhich are identical to HR 3101 and S 2055 from the last session of Congresswould provide a tax credit up to $500 per hearing aid to individuals ages 55 and older, and families with dependents to help older people and children better afford to treat their hearing loss.
HIA recently awarded Rep Jim Ryun (R, Kan) as Representative of the Year for introducing the legislation in the House during late-January. HR 414, and its companion bill S 1060, are the first pieces of hearing-related legislation in decades that have the full support of virtually every organization in the hearing field, says HIA Executive Director Carole M. Rogin. HIA is pleased to honor Congressman Ryun as Representative of the Year, to acknowledge and to thank him for dedicating his time, resources, and knowledge to hearing health issues. The hearing health care community is grateful for his ongoing leadership and support.
If enacted, the Act will help millions of Americans enjoy something most of us just take for granted, said Sen Norm Coleman (R, Minn), who introduced S 1060 in the Senate during Hearing on the Hill which was held May 17-18 in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by HIA, and supported by the Friends of Hearing Health, a large coalition of providers, consumers, and other national organizations interested in hearing care issues, including the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), American Speech Language Hearing Assn (ASHA), International Hearing Society (IHS), the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA), and Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH).
How to Enlist Your Senators and Representatives
If your Senators or Representatives are not listed in the sidebar, you can contact them via fax or phone (or preferably both) and suggest they sign onto the bill. The text of the bills, sample letters/faxes to members of Congress, talking points, as well as how you can contact your representatives can be found at www.hearing.org/public.