Monday, November 26, 2012

Hawaii lists hearing aids as Essential Health Benefit

October 1st the State of Hawaii published their list of benchmark benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Included in those benefits is coverage for hearing aids. The benefits ensure that people will be able to receive hearing aids for each ear every 60 months. Also covered is routine hearing exams, newborn hearing screenings and pediatric hearing screening.

Hawaii Benchmark Benefits under the PPACA (Oct 01, 2012)
View the Hawaii Benchmarks Benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

What are 'Essential Health Benefits'?

A set of health care service categories that must be covered by certain plans, starting in 2014.
The Affordable Care Act ensures health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

Insurance policies must cover these benefits in order to be certified and offered in Exchanges, and all Medicaid state plans must cover these services by 2014.

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