WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2011 — Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit (S. 905) with 8 original co-sponsors on May 5, 2011. The bill is unchanged from legislation in the 111th Congress. In the House, Reps Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) have already reintroduced H.R. 1479 with the support of 36 Representatives.
Representatives Tom Latham (R-IA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) reintroduced the bipartisan Hearing Aid Tax Credit (H.R. 1479) with 36 original co-sponsors, including four members of the House Ways and Means Committee on April 12, 2011. The bill is unchanged from legislation in the 111th Congress that attracted a record 131 co-sponsors by the end of the session. In the Senate, Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are organizing original co-sponsors as they prepare to reintroduce companion legislation in that chamber.
Class I exemption dropped in final negotiations
Over the last few months, Congress has worked on health care reform. At this writing, it’s not clear what will happen with Health Care Reform. However, one possibility for change was to tax manufacturers of what some medical devices, including hearing aids. HLAA signed onto a letter dated January 18 and sent to House Speaker Pelosi, asking for an exemption of hearing aids from such a tax. Read the letter [View PDF]
Hearing Loss Association of America supports the Medicare Hearing Health Care Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 3024). This legislation would allow Medicare beneficiaries the option of going directly to a qualified audiologist for hearing and balance diagnostic tests. Currently, Medicare requires that beneficiaries with hearing loss or balance disorders obtain a physician referral before seeing an audiologist.
HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Andy Bopp (HIA),
and Alex Graham (executive director/CEO, AG Bell) at Hearing on the Hill, May 13, 2009.