Cochlear implantation includes a number of necessary medical services and procedures that are provided over time by a team of clinicians. All of these services, as well as the cochlear implant device and related peripherals, are considered part of the medical intervention and are typically covered by health insurance in the United States. These medical services and procedures include candidacy evaluation, hospitals costs inclusive of supplies and medications used during surgery, physician and surgeon’s fees, the cochlear implant device and system kit, and programming and (re)habilitation following the surgery. To read more please click HERE.
Cochlear implant parts such as coils, cables, microphones, and external magnets may need to be replaced periodically. Additionally, a processor might need to be upgraded with the passage of time and as newer technology becomes available. Barbara T. Mellert MPH, Academic Technology Consulting, Dartmouth College and parent of two children with cochlear implants, provides insights on how to work with your insurance company to obtain in-network coverage. To read her article click HERE.
Adults and children who do not have insurance coverage for a cochlear implant may wish to explore their ability to participate in a Disability Evaluation under Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) website contains information regarding such evaluations. If someone qualifies for benefits based upon disability, he or she may be eligible to receive health insurance coverage and payment assistance for a cochlear implant through Medicare or Medicaid even if they are under age 65. To read more please click HERE.