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A site for parents of hard of hearing & deaf children.
In the News - News articles about hearing impairment, new technologies, and other related materials.
Articles & Commentary - Our editorial section. Articles written by us and by professionals in the field.
Resources & Information - Our largest section. Dedicated to helping you find the information you need. Everything from educational information, sources financial support, mental health support and more!
Facts & Figures - A brief "stat sheet" with information about just how common hearing impairment is, particularly in children.
Discussion Forum - What we hope will be hallmark of our site. An open forum where you can read and post questions about hearing impairment across a wide variety of categories.
For the Kids - Links to and information just for the kids themselves.

Government Sources of Funding - Medicare / Medicaid

Do you know of a source that provides funding for hearing aids or cochlear implants or have more information on Medicare / Medicaid coverage?

If so, please let us know so we can share it with others!

 

Medicaid Coverage

Effective 1994,a directive from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) requires all States to cover cochlear implants for all children under age 21as well as any services and aural rehabilitation necessary to effectively use the CI.  This directive was based on a law called EPSDT passed in 1989.

Medicare Coverage

Medicare provides basic health insurance coverage for millions Americans and is not purely a program for the elderly as is commonly thought. Approximately 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries qualify because of a disability.

Eligibility under Medicare is automatic for any United States citizen over the age of 65, or if they meet the Social Security Administration definition of disability and have been receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for at least two years (see http://www.ssa.gov.)

Naturally, like most everything in government, Medicare regulations are extremely complex. For Medicare purposes, cochlear implants are considered "prosthetic devices" and are eligible for coverage.

You can read more on the Department of Health and Human Services web site here.

Listen-Up has a great overview of Medicare coverage of cochlear implants.

 

 
 

Help Kids Hear is a site dedicated to helping parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. We are parents of hard of hearing kids and simply want to "give back" to the community. We welcome your comments, questions & suggestions. Please drop us a note at info@helpkidshear.org.