Hearing aids now covered for adults on Washington State Medicaid

Beginning January 1, 2019, adults on Washington State Medicaid are covered for hearing aids.

People with 45 db more more hearing loss in their better ear will be eligible for one hearing aid (plus an ear mold and 3 follow-up visits.) Two hearing aids may be approved under certain circumstances. Interim rules are in effect while final rules are being written by the WA Health Care Authority (HCA).

This coverage was restored with the passage of SB 5179 in 2018. A tremendous thank you goes out to everyone who helped write, support, and ultimately pass this bill.

DSHS has more details. 

Please share this wonderful news in as many places as possible. And if you know someone on Medicaid who needs help, please offer to help or send them our way.

5179 sign 3 governor

Governor Inslee signs SB 5179 while Senator Bailey, Walt Bowen, Joanna Grist, Rep. Goodman, Senator Conway, and others look on.

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2 Responses to Hearing aids now covered for adults on Washington State Medicaid

  1. Brandy Flajole says:

    I need them and can not. Afford them. I am on Medicaid

    • Lee Erickson says:

      My mother is on Medicaid and in an assisted living facility in Spokane Valley, Wa. She is 91 and is in need (we believe) of a hearing aid. My wife and I hope she would qualify for one going forward under SB 5179. Could someone please supply us with all information necessary to accomplish this goal?

      Thank you,

      Lee Erickson
      14704 SE 45th Place
      Bellevue, WA. 98006

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