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I am so upset right now and so extremely ticked off. My kids audiology visits have been denied including the $6400 for my daughters hearing aids - a last ditch effort before a CI implant. Guess what I found out? There is absolutely NO audiology coverage. Not even for a check up. Can you believe that? What f-in moron figured people didn't need audiology. I cursed the lady out to high heaven which won't help the situation but I'm too far away to punch her in the face. Ok - so you know I wouldn't do that - but that's how I feel right now.<br><br>
So what happens when the $180,000 Ci implant surgery isn't covered? Bankruptcy?
 

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Is there any way to get SSDI and secondary medicaid to pick up the audiology tab? I know that my friend with a deaf dd makes sure to keep their income within the limits to maintain her coverage since there is no way they could afford her appointments and aids if they lost the medicaid.<br><br>
I am so sorry!!
 

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Can you get secondary ins of some kind?<br><br>
You may be able to appeal through the business who gives the insurance...yours or your partner's.
 

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I second the idea of applying for medicaid. Our regular insurance won't cover the cost of getting my son evaluated or any OT that he may need, so we are in the middle of applying for medicaid - its the only way we can afford it.
 

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Yes, try medicaid. I have hearing loss, and though my doctor's visits are covered, hearing aids are not, and I had private insurance and medicare. I just looked at the medicaid options, and it looks like I will qualify for a medicaid plan that covers hearing aids. It's so outrageous when insurance costs are so expensive, and needed treatments are not covered. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I would try Medicaid, as other posters have suggested. I know a limited number of people get funding for hearing related expenses through the <a href="http://www.giftofhearingfoundation.org/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Gift of Hearing</a> Foundation, but I have no idea what their requirements are, or if they cover your geographic area.
 

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Also, what kind of work does your family do? There may be agencies through work-related groups that can help?<br><br>
Do you have a religious group that could help?
 

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Have you talked to EIS or BCMH? My son qualifies under BCMH Diagnostic program and it's not income dependent. The treatment program is income dependent, but they'll still cover on a sliding scale...
 

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along with what others have said.... try CSS, Children Special Services, don't know if all states have it, check at the health dept, that's where ours is at, not for certain if they are "part-of" or that's just where their physical office is located.... anyway they will help with durable medical equipment. If you guys have to go the CI route, then some of the hospital procedures might be covered under the regular medical, the reason I say that is I know that even though dental work itself isn't coverd under medical the anasthesia and hospital part is sent to the medical insurance.
 
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