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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Audiology Patient Choice Act?

 The three goals of this legislation are to:

  • Improve access to qualified, licensed Medicare providers, by allowing seniors with a suspected hearing or balance disorder to seek treatment directly from audiologists, eliminating archaic medical doctor referral requirements. 
  • Allow patients to choose among qualified providers for Medicare-covered audiology services by authorizing Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide. These services are already covered by Medicare when delivered by other providers. 
  • Address the medical doctor workforce shortage confronting our country, while helping to meet the increasing demand for health care services by the growing Medicare population, through the inclusion of audiologists in the list of Medicare-recognized physicians (chiropractors, dentists, doctors of osteopathy, medical doctors, optometrists and podiatrists). 
What about other insurers?
If Medicare recipients are allowed to seek treatment directly from an audiologist, will it pose a threat to patient safety?

How Can I Help?

Invest Your Time

Invest Your Time

Time is one of the most important and difficult sacrifices to make—your investment in the Audiology Patient Choice Act will not be time wasted. 

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Invest Your Talent

Are you good at writing, researching, networking, teambuilding, speaking, organizing or fundraising?

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Donate to the Audiology Patient Choice Act Advocacy Fund.

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