HLADE President Linda Heller is participating in the on-going ADA celebrations in Delaware. She's shown here in front of national ADA Legacy Road to Freedom Bus on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Rodney Square, Wilmington.
HLAA Supports HR 1653, the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015
On March 27, 2015, Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan introduced the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015. Representative Dingell spoke of the need for change.
"I have learned in recent months how many seniors are burdened by this problem,” said Dingell. “When I learned of this, the ENT doctor who brought it to my attention told me more than half the patients she saw who needed a hearing aid were unable to afford or obtain one.
"No one should feel isolated, confused or shut out from the world around them because they cannot afford the treatment they need. This bill is just one piece of the puzzle to bring our fragmented and unnavigable health care system into the 21st Century to better serve seniors and families."
Representative Dingell’s bill would improve access to hearing aids and related examinations by removing part of the Social Security Act that prevents Medicare from covering hearing aids.
The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on insurance programs that provide services to help with hearing loss.
HLAA is thrilled that Representative Dingell has introduced this bill. We will be working to ensure that all members of Congress understand the importance of hearing health care for seniors.
HLAA Is There For You From the Start: the FCC’s New Disability Advisory Committee
On March 17, 2015, Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the first meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The FCC received more than 100 applications to serve on this committee. Those chosen to join the DAC included 36 organizations, companies and individuals.
The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability issues within the FCC’s jurisdiction. The Committee will provide a means for stakeholders with interests in accessibility issues to exchange ideas, facilitate the participation of consumers with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission, and assist the Commission in educating the greater disability community and covered entities on disability-related matters.
The DAC’s term is two years. The full committee meetings are open to the public and streamed on FCC Live with captions.