Imagine if an insurance company told you your prescription glasses were considered cosmetic. Or if your dental plan didn't cover teeth cleaning.
You might think that was crazy but for many people who need hearing aids what they are hearing from insurance companies is NO.
In Illinois the push is on to expand coverage.
Hoping to get insurance companies to cover the cost for hearing aids with no age restrictions is a battle many say people need to become aware of.
Jennifer Egetimeier's children's audiologist gave her some shocking news.
Julieann Chavez was told by insurance companies that hearings aids are considered cosmetic.
During the spring legislation session, two bills were introduced in the Illinois house.
One required some of type of coverage with no age restriction and another one was tax deduction.
Both bills failed.
Representatives Sandra Pihos and Patti Bellock are supporting the hearing impaired community on this issue.
The next step is to develop a new bill.
Egetimeier: "Most insurance companies don't cover this and we went back and we look at our policy and it states right there, but it's not something you think about most of the time and it's not something you think is going to effect you."
Chavez: (Insurance company told her hearing aids are cosmetic) "I just laugh because it's just silly it's like I have to go around and just say You know look at this isn't this just beautiful? And that's not necessary really you know the hearing aids is just helps me be a part of a community."
Pihos: "Some companies that have policies with some coverage but I think they're fighting it at this moment based on cost."
Cu hearing aids, cutaways.
Bellock: "I think what we have come up with was about 1500 or 2000 dollars for a good hearing aid but that would be one hearing aid and a lot of people need two"
Phios: "There are nine other states that mandate some level of coverage and so we'd like to join them in some way in covering hearing aid loss in our state as well."
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