Posted by: Jensen Hearing | November 29, 2007

Hearing Health Care Legislation

Academy Applauds Introduction of Landmark Hearing Health Care Legislation in the Senate

(WASHINGTON, DC—November 15, 2007)—The American Academy of Audiology applauds Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) on the introduction of his legislation, the “Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act of 2007” – S.2352. The bill is a companion bill to HR 1665 previously introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). The Academy’s efforts on Capitol Hill led to the introduction of both these bipartisan bills including securing 63 co-sponsors in the House and four original co-sponsors on the Senate bill including Senator Johnson, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Having a specific understanding of the health care delivery system, Senator Johnson was resolute in leading the introduction of this important legislation in the Senate.

In his introductory statement in the Senate, Senator Johnson stated, “This legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with the same hearing care options available to veterans and federal employees, including every member of this body. This is the policy for the health care programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Personnel Management. Direct access works well for our veterans and for federal employees, including Members of Congress, and should be available to senior citizens in the Medicare program.”


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