HEARING AID FUNDING FOR COLORADO CHILDREN

Children who are eligible for Medicaid

  • Medicaid will pay for hearing aids for eligible children.
  • Medicaid funds all technologies.

Financial cutoff for Medicaid is family income at or below 133% of federal poverty level for children birth through age five and 100% of federal poverty level for children six to age twenty-one. There are many exceptions for children with disabilities; families should contact their local social service office to see if they qualify. Do not assume you are ineligible.

Children must be legal residents to qualify for Medicaid.

Children who are eligible for Child Health Plan Plus

  • CHP+ provides hearing aid benefits.
  • CHP+ requires a statement from a physician verifying that the hearing loss is congenital.
  • Financial cutoff for CHP+ is 185% of federal poverty level.
  • In order to qualify for CHP+ health insurance, children must be legal residents and must not have access to other health insurance.

As of July 1, 2004 CHP+ will once again be enrolling new families.

Hearing Aid Loaner Bank

  • All children can utilize this resource
  • Hearing aids will be loaned for up to six months to families who are seeking funding. A family can apply for a three-month extension.
  • Priority will be given to families of newly-identified children.
  • The dispensing audiologist must initiate all requests for hearing aids. Audiologists, please contact Patti Collins at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) to request hearing aids. Patti can be reached at: pcollins@csdb.org or 719-578-2183.

Parents will be required to pay a $40.00 dispensing and shipping fee and will be responsible for the cost of batteries and ear molds.

 

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