Advocate for Coverage of Pediatric Speech-Language and Hearing Treatment A free ASHA resource can help consumers and clinicians advocate for better coverage of speech-language and hearing coverage in employer-sponsored health plans. “Speech, Language, and Hearing Services for Children: A Smart Investment” outlines how speech-language and hearing services can benefit children. It also indicates that employers often don’t realize their ... ASHA News
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Advocate for Coverage of Pediatric Speech-Language and Hearing Treatment
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2017
Advocate for Coverage of Pediatric Speech-Language and Hearing Treatment
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22072017.62
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22072017.62
A free ASHA resource can help consumers and clinicians advocate for better coverage of speech-language and hearing coverage in employer-sponsored health plans.
“Speech, Language, and Hearing Services for Children: A Smart Investment” outlines how speech-language and hearing services can benefit children. It also indicates that employers often don’t realize their health policy may cover adults but not children, and that adding services for children is inexpensive and cost-effective.
The downloadable pamphlet also details some common exceptions in health insurance policies:
  • The policy may cover speech-language treatment for “acquired” disorders, but not for congenital disorders.

  • Treatment may be allowed only if it “restores” speech or provides “rehabilitation,” a requirement that excludes treatment for children who have never developed speech.

  • The policy may not cover treatment for developmental delays. However, a developmental delay is a symptom of a neurological disorder, which is a medical condition.

Adding coverage for pediatric speech-language and hearing services can benefit employers, according to the pamphlet, by lowering health care costs, increasing productivity, reducing employee turnover and creating a healthier future workforce.
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