Category: Legislation



President Trump Signs OTC Hearing Aid Legislation into Law

On Friday, August 18, President Donald Trump signed into law today the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, legislation that includes the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act designed to provide greater public accessibility and affordability with over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. FDA will now be charged with creating and regulating a new class of OTC hearing aids.

Individuals with Hearing Loss Allege Health Plan Discriminated Against Them in Denial of Coverage

A federal appeals court who heard the case determined that “insurance companies cannot discriminate against disabled people by broadly denying coverage for the types of treatment they need,” according to the article, but said the plaintiffs may not be entitled to coverage because “not everyone with a hearing loss is disabled.”

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Warren and Rice Advocate to Attach Key Audiology Bill to COVID-19 Relief Packages

A bipartisan group is urging fellow Members of Congress to include provisions of the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 4056/S. 2446) in upcoming COVID-19 packages. The bill would include eliminating physician order requirements, updating the Medicare statute to classify audiologists as (LLP) practitioners, and authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered medically necessary treatment services.

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