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Published on July 22, 2013

Dr. Neugebauer Advocates for the Hearing Impaired

Avera Medical Group Ear Nose & Throat Yankton Audiologist, Dr. Kendra Neugebauer, recently was named as South Dakota’s representative to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Audiology Advisory Council.  This position requires her to meet with South Dakota Congressmen to advocate for the needs of the hearing impaired.  Current issues being advanced by the advisory council are the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus and the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act.

The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1317) as bipartisan legislation provides for a tax credit of $500 per hearing aid, every 5 years, and is available to anyone who purchases a hearing aid. The Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act is not intended to cover the full cost of hearing aids, but to provide some measure of financial assistance to those who have the greatest need for these devices but are unable to afford them.

Additionally, Representatives Tom Latham (R- IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) have revived the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (CHHC). The CHHC aims to provide an educational setting for discussion of issues related to hearing health that could ultimately impact citizens of all ages as well as our economy.

ASHA also welcomed the introduction of the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2330) to the House of Representatives, which would provide Medicare beneficiaries with greater, more expanded access to diagnostic and treatment services provided by audiologists. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries are limited to coverage for strictly diagnostic services. So far, the bill has been given bipartisan support from several states.

To learn more about these and other issues please visit Avera Medical Group Ear Nose & Throat Yankton’s website www.averayanktonent.com and click on the legislative issues link.  You can also call Dr. Neugebauer at (605) 655-1220 or email her at kneugebau1@avera.org