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Ensure Access for Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage
Dear [Decision Maker],
If Medicare is expanded to include hearing aids, meaningful coverage can only be achieved if all points of access are available to Medicare beneficiaries, including hearing aid specialists. Hearing aids and related exams have been excluded from Medicare since its inception, and only for that reason have hearing aid specialists not been added as Medicare providers up until this point. Now is the time to add hearing aid specialists, who provide half of all hearing aids to the general public, including the elderly population, serving as trusted and qualified points of entry into the hearing healthcare system.Hearing aid specialists are more accessible in rural areas where a disproportionate number of older Americans reside, provide high-quality care, and participate with federal and state programs, and insurance plans.If hearing aid specialists are not added as Medicare providers of hearing aids and related services, America's Medicare-eligible population will be faced with long wait times for appointments, traveling long distances to attain care, and may opt to go without, thereby sacrificing their quality of life, safety, and other health outcomes.
Sincerely[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]