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RSiegel663 rsiegel663 at aol.com
Thu Oct 9 23:28:22 EST 1997

>Subject: Re: Medicaid/Title XIX
>From: audioman at HCTC.NET (Jeffrey Sirianni)
>Date: Thu, Oct 9, 1997 01:42 EDT
>Message-id: <343C7164.695A at hctc.net>
>"Sandra and Dan Hobson" <danhobson at netins.net> writes:
>>I know a number of States do not provide hearing aids under the optional
>>services for their State's poor. I recently received an e- mail from
>>Wisconsin that they have to submit invoice and get $180 above that for
>>their service. In talking to other durable medical goods providers in Iowa
>>they do not have to submit an invoice from the manufacturer i.e.
>>wheelchair, but are paid a flat fee. Are there any States currently doing
>>a flat fee for hearing aids, ie. xx for a BTE, yy for a ITE, zz for a ITC
>>and prior appoval if want to fit a programmable at this time???? 
>In Texas, Medicaid limits the reimbursement to $X.  When someone qualifies
>a hearing aid, we have to search for a manufacturer who will agree to sell us
>an aid for $X.  In most cases, these tend to be pretty "bottom of the
>devices.  Medicaid pays us $X plus about $150 in fitting and follow-up fees.
>I've heard the $X limit has not been changed in over 10 years.
>* Jeff Sirianni, M.A., CCC-A                      *
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In NJ the policy is single unit cost plus a dispensing fee.
This helps the remove the "bottom of the barrel"problem

Robert B. Siegel M.S. CCC-A, BC-HIS
Family Hearing Centers
2001 Lincoln Dr W.   Suite E
Marlton, NJ 08053-1531

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