Tricare to Cover Auditory Implants Tricare, the health care insurance system for eligible members of the military services and their dependents, will now cover auditory osseointegrated implants (AOIs) as prosthetic devices. The Department of Defense reversed its policy following a comprehensive analysis and review of AOIs. The implants are covered by Medicare because they are ... News in Brief
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Tricare to Cover Auditory Implants
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News in Brief   |   November 01, 2016
Tricare to Cover Auditory Implants
The ASHA Leader, November 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21112016.8
The ASHA Leader, November 2016, Vol. 21, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21112016.8
Tricare, the health care insurance system for eligible members of the military services and their dependents, will now cover auditory osseointegrated implants (AOIs) as prosthetic devices.
The Department of Defense reversed its policy following a comprehensive analysis and review of AOIs. The implants are covered by Medicare because they are considered prosthetics, not hearing aids. (Federal statute bars Medicare from covering hearing aids.)
Tricare will cover AOIs that are necessary because of significant conditions resulting from trauma, congenital anomalies or disease. The program will publish revised policy guidance and beneficiary educational materials.
Coverage of AOIs—often known by their brand names Baha and Ponto—was championed by the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus chairs, Rep. David McKinley (R) of West Virginia and Mike Thompson (D) of California.
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