Starting in January, 2016, Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members with Freedom Blue PPO plans will be eligible for hearing aid coverage through TruHearing. Members will be eligible for coverage for a routine hearing exam, hearing aid fitting and evaluation, and two hearings aids per calendar year at significant cost savings.
Although hearing aids normally cost about $2,500 each, this enhanced Highmark hearing aid benefit through TruHearing means members will only pay $699 to $999 per hearing aid, depending on the type.
“Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition among older Americans, yet many seniors cannot afford the high cost of hearing aids,” said Tim Lightner, Highmark vice president of senior markets. “This partnership will make hearing aids more affordable for our Medicare Advantage members and, most importantly, improve their quality of life.”