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Fit to Serve: Co-Sponsorship Request for H.R. 6612, Hearing Aid Specialist Hiring Bill

House Veterans Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Ranking Member Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced H.R. 6612 on April 23, 2020. This bill would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to follow through on its 2016 directive (PL 116-256) to hire hearing aid specialists to the VA. This is the first step in our goal of enabling hearing aid specialists to serve as community care providers.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to Co-sponsor the bill!

Using the form below, complete your contact information and if you'd like to share a story or experience with veterans experiencing trouble accessing care, you can add it to the body of the letter.  Then press "Send Message".   If you have questions, contact us via email or phone at 734-522-7200.


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Co-sponsor H.R. 6612, improved hearing healthcare for veterans

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I ask that you co-sponsor H.R. 6612, which seeks to improve hearing healthcare service and access for our nation's veterans.

This bill would reinforce the directive that Congress gave the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2016 (PL 114-256) to add hearing aid specialists to the VA hearing healthcare team so that veterans can receive care in a more timely and efficient manner. To date, the VA has not used its authority.

H.R. 6612 will help.

To cosponsor the bill, please contact Justin Maturo at justin.maturo@mail.house.gov in the office of Rep. Mark Takano.

Thank you very much for your consideration. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions.

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