Ah, the Sunshine State. With its constant heat, beautiful beaches, and Disneyland, no one could blame you for wanting to settle down here. And with it being home to the only county where most citizens are above 65, you might be wondering if their healthcare is primed to help each and every one of them.
That’s why we’ve created an article to fully go over all the different options you have when it comes to your Floridian aural healthcare.
How many test centers are in Florida?
Florida is jam-packed with hearing services. There are over 250 audiologists throughout Florida, and an additional 250 hearing aid centers, so if you live anywhere near any kind of city or town, you won’t have to worry about hours of driving just to get a hearing test.
Obviously you’ll have a better chance of being near a hearing specialist if you live in a city, but you won’t have to look very far to find a qualified hearing healthcare professional.
What government support do I have?
For a full rundown of your Medicaid options, you can look through your options on this webpage. If you’re a part of Medicaid, you may very well be eligible for some hearing aid services.
If you have severe or profound hearing loss, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant, which is often covered by insurance. If you have a conductive hearing loss or single-sided deafness, you may be a candidate for a bone-conduction hearing device which is also often covered by insurance.
“It is best to contact your insurance plan prior to seeing an Audiologist so you know what your benefits are going into the appointment.” – Lindsay Banks Au.D.
However, if you’re between the ages of 18 and 65, Medicaid won’t cover you – as it’s only intended for the elderly or those with a disability. If you’re between these ages and are worried about your future hearing, your best course of action is private insurance.
Hearing aids are not covered under the ACA in Florida.
What support do my children have?
Just like the section above, your children will be comfortably covered under Medicaid, (technically they fall under the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), which is a division of Medicaid), should their condition require enough action.
“Early detection and intervention of hearing loss is very important for the speech and language development of a child. Every effort should be made to get the child the hearing assistance they need as quickly as possible.” – Lindsay Banks Au.D.
Despite the population of hearing loss sufferers, Florida doesn’t have the most helpful insurance schemes. And by that we mean that, depending on your provider, you might be pretty much on your own when it comes to hearing aids.
For example, BCBS doesn’t offer any coverage for hearing aids, so you might be relying entirely on government assistance, which is exclusively for low income patients. There are obviously dozens of medical insurance providers however, and if you’re under the aegis of another provider, it’s always worth checking your policy to see if you can benefit.
Florida is full to the brim with healthcare options for the young and mature alike. If you’d like to find your nearest hearing healthcare professional, fill out our form, and you’ll be able to arrange a free consultation!