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HLAA Opposes CMS’ Proposed Rules on Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices

Sep 10 2014

September 2, 2014, Hearing Loss Association of America filed comments with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in opposition to the proposed roll back of rules that would disallow Medicare coverage for bone-anchored hearing devices. We argued that these devices should be considered prosthetic devices under the rules, and that the coverage should include both osseointegrated devices and any innovations that are developed to help those who cannot successfully use hearing aids, such as dental-anchored conductive devices.

HLAA Applauds Senate Action on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Jul 30 2014

HLAA is thrilled to learn that on July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) out of committee. Watch this captioned video report by John Paré, Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and Joe Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey outside the Capitol. See video: http://youtu.be/PfaZZM510DY

HLAA Signs onto Consumer Groups’ Comments Filed with the EEOC

Jul 30 2014

HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on The Federal Sector’s Obligation to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.  Our comments highlighted the needs to provide accommodations on request and in a timely manner, and propose that the Federal Government establish a centralized funding system for accommodations.

Read our comments.

HLAA Joins FCC Panel on Social Media

Jul 15 2014

From the FCC:

The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host a public event, titled "Accessing Social Media," on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the FCC Headquarters (445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC).  The purpose of the event is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices.

HLAA Protests One Fund Boston’s Draft Protocols for Bombing Survivors

Jun 20 2014

The April 15, 2013 bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and injured more than 260 others. One day after the Boston attack, One Fund Boston was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. In June this year, One Fund announced that an additional $18 million would be distributed to the victims of the Marathon bombings on top of the $61 million already disbursed.

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