Healthfirst announced that it is teaming with NationsHearing to provide an enhanced hearing health solution for its Medicare Advantage plan members, including Healthfirst CompleteCare (HMO SNP) plan members. NationsHearing is a hearing healthcare company that provides a “comprehensive and cost-effective hearing aid and hearing services solution.” Beginning in January 2020, all eligible Healthfirst Medicare Advantage plan members will be able to access NationsHearing’s network for all hearing-aid-related and hearing services, including testing for hearing loss. The goal of this new comprehensive hearing solution is to improve members’ access to hearing tests and make hearing aids more affordable.
“This is an important new service for our Medicare Advantage members facing hearing challenges,” said Paul Portsmore, Healthfirst senior vice president. “Hearing loss affects physical health, putting people at risk of falls and disability. Through NationsHearing, our members will have access to quality hearing coverage, including cost-efficient hearing tests and hearing aids. By helping our members manage their hearing loss, we hope to reduce hearing-associated diseases.”
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing, and about 28.8 million US adults could benefit from using hearing aids. Improved hearing can lead to positive long-term health outcomes.
“We’re excited to team up with Healthfirst and improve member health outcomes through the use of hearing aids and other interventions,” said Michael Parker, Chief Operating Officer at NationsHearing. “Our experienced team and clinical knowledge will ensure Healthfirst’s members receive the highest level of care available so they can manage their hearing loss and get the most out of life.”
Healthfirst and NationsHearing are pleased to bring this hearing solution to all Healthfirst Medicare Advantage plan members.