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Cost keeps Medicare from covering hearing aids | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 34 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 9, 2011, titled Cost keeps Medicare from covering hearing aids | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

When Medicare was created 46 years ago, Congress was adamant that the program would not pay for hearing aids.

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debbie columbus ohio

Blacklick, OH

#21 Apr 9, 2011
so work your whole life, pay into the system,and you cannot have the privalage of hearing,but Pat T iberi said someting about his father needing a hearing aid and how much it would cost , come on give me a break.you know he can afford to pay for it for his father, but then again being the greedy goverment worker he is ,he will keep all his money to himself.
C mon

Columbus, OH

#22 Apr 9, 2011
Seems like a problem that should be addressed with insurance companies, which routinely do NOT cover hearing aids for anyone of any age. If insurance companies do not cover hearing aids, why is the government expected to do so?
Alda

Columbus, OH

#23 Apr 9, 2011
I think part of the problem is that we older people seem not to have a clue as to the cost of modern medicine. Even a relatively minor surgical procedure can cost thousands of dollars, and major surgeries (heart, knee or hip replacements) are very expensive. Moreover, diabetes and other ailments associated with age are expensive over time. Bush put through a prescription benefit package for folks on Medicare and not a penny of it was paid for--all was added to the federal deficit. Yet old people, my contemporaries, seem to spend many of their idle hours complaining about not getting enough benefits. It is DISGUSTING to listen to. Remember, all this unpaid for medical coverage WILL BE PAID BY OUR GRANDCHILDREN. It is a disgrace.
Paul

Uniontown, OH

#24 Apr 9, 2011
Huh?
Lolita Shih Tzu

Powell, OH

#25 Apr 9, 2011
Alda wrote:
I think part of the problem is that we older people seem not to have a clue as to the cost of modern medicine. Even a relatively minor surgical procedure can cost thousands of dollars, and major surgeries (heart, knee or hip replacements) are very expensive. Moreover, diabetes and other ailments associated with age are expensive over time. Bush put through a prescription benefit package for folks on Medicare and not a penny of it was paid for--all was added to the federal deficit. Yet old people, my contemporaries, seem to spend many of their idle hours complaining about not getting enough benefits. It is DISGUSTING to listen to. Remember, all this unpaid for medical coverage WILL BE PAID BY OUR GRANDCHILDREN. It is a disgrace.
ALda, I think you lost it!
And you are faking to be somebody you aren't! I fear for your parents and for anybody under your control!
PO D

Lorain, OH

#26 Apr 9, 2011
Let's see what happens in a few years when half of the younger generation is stone deaf after a lifelong of loud music.
Alda

Columbus, OH

#27 Apr 9, 2011
Lolita Shih Tzu wrote:
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ALda, I think you lost it!
And you are faking to be somebody you aren't! I fear for your parents and for anybody under your control!
Sorry Shit-zu, but you sound like some old lady that thinks the younger generation can never do enough for us. If you weren't so selfish, you might think for a minute who is going to pay for all the additional benefits you want. Since you don't want or intend to, clearly you prefer that your children or grandchildren do. Frankly, it is old people like you that I see at the Senior Center that make me wonder if you ever think of anyone other than yourself. I am sorry for you......perhaps it would do you some good to attend church come tomorrow.
dogs

London, OH

#28 Apr 9, 2011
I think that if Insurance and Medicare covered hearing aids the price would come down. They are way overpriced. An I-phone, etc is much cheaper than hearing aids that don't do much more than amplification. Also people seem to have the incorrect idea that only old people need hearing aids. There are many who have hereditary hearing loss. This can occur at any age. Try being a productive employee with this problem. It is depressing and demeaning. You are the butt of jokes. Hearing loss is a medical problem, that gets tossed under the rug. The price of hearing aids is unsustainable as is, and needs to be addressed.
Lolita Shih Tzu

Powell, OH

#29 Apr 9, 2011
Alda,
It scares me to death to know that a selfish person like you goes to a Senior Center! Do you go to torture the elders there with your horrible speech? Maybe to suggest them to die now instead of increasing the debt of your children?

You are the only one here thinking about yourself. And you have the b a l l s ton invite to your church??? Remember, the people you are bitching about are in GOD'S WAITING ROOM and you will be there soon too.Put yourself in their shoes, lady.

Excuse me,I am a relatively young worker and I think we owe to the older generation what we have today. I would rather find other solutions instead of hurting the elders or the children.
JMO

Bellefontaine, OH

#30 Apr 9, 2011
Joe wrote:
The solution: If you want coverage for hearing aids, then expect your Medicare premiums to increase. Just like any other insurance, the more that's covered, the more your premiums will be. If you satisfy the population that has hearing problems, you're going to tick off the rest of the Medicare beneficiaries that have to pay higher premiums. If they are going to cover hearing aids, then what about dentures... and eyeglasses... and so on....?
As for the director of the agency on aging, I suggest he do some research on Medicare Advantage plans. Hearing benefits are MINIMAL at best on those plans, and most will not pay anything on hearing aids. Most plans do not have high premiums as stated, and they do not pick up expenses not covered by Medicare. They are private insurance plans that take the place of Medicare and act as the primary insurance. Let's get our facts straight.
Right on!! The more benefits we have the more everybody has to pay. When my 70 year old friends complain that they have to pay for a healthcare procedure out of the money they saved all of their life, I always ask them why they saved the money. Isn't their health worth spending their own money on. I just don't get why seniors think we are owed
more than what Medicare pays for. It does a pretty good job of taking care of most needs.
def boomer

Reynoldsburg, OH

#31 Apr 9, 2011
huh?
The money would probably be better spent on earplugs.
Sarah

Phoenix, AZ

#32 Apr 9, 2011
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BEG65

La Jolla, CA

#33 Apr 12, 2011
I am utterly unimpressed by this argument, seeing as how medicare will cover some of the costs of a cochlear implant which is orders of magnitude FAR MORE EXPENSIVE. In fact, medicare would SAVE money by dumping coverage of CI and covering HA 100% for its enrollees. Srsly. Sheesh.

Since: Oct 07

Victoria, TX

#34 Apr 15, 2011
mlw:
Agree with you. There are big differences among HA Mfgs. There are 2 of them, primarily Audibel and Beltone that have made a career of this exploiting of the elderly and disabled. Like you I have seen the dark side over the years of these predators. The problem is that there is no help once these people have raped you. State commissions that are supposed to be in control of these things are themselves being controlled by the very people that they are, by law, should be protecting the public from.

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