The Social Security Act of 1965 excluded hearing aids, eyeglasses, and dental care from being covered benefits under Medicare and Medicaid. However, the FDA has recognized fully implanted hearing devices as prosthetics, distinguishing them from simple hearing aids. Unfortunately, the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has classified these very devices as hearing aids, which means they are not covered by Medicare. This classification prevents individuals with hearing loss from accessing an alternative solution.
Envoy Medical believes this inappropriate classification has resulted in breakthrough hearing technologies not being available to Medicare beneficiaries and has hindered innovation and competition in the hearing device marketplace.
We believe this legislation would not only provide access to an important technology, but will encourage more innovation, more competition, and more solutions for the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer from disabling hearing loss.
Anyone can help support this bill by contacting their representatives to make them aware of this bill and share how the inability to access this type of technology affects you, your health, and your quality of life or how it affects those you love who live with hearing loss. Then ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 7254 The Hearing Device Coverage Clarification Act
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