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Fit to Serve: Support H.R. 6612/S.785, Hearing Aid Specialist Hiring Bill

IHS partnered with House and Senate leaders to introduce legislation in both chambers that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to follow through on its 2016 directive (PL 114-256) 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 members of Congress to co-sponsor the bills, H.R. 6612 and S. 785!

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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Support H.R. 6612/S.785, Hearing Healthcare for Veterans

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I ask that you co-sponsor H.R. 6612/S. 785, which seek to improve hearing healthcare service and access for our nation's veterans.

H.R. 6612 and section 703 of S. 785 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 and S. 785 will help.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this co-sponsorship request. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions.

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