Tampa Bay Hearing Aid Providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance – 2024 Update

Updated With New Information On 5/2/24

Federal Employees and retired Federal Employees have a benefit towards hearing aids. This plan typically covers $2500 toward the purchase of hearing aids every 5 years.  The plan does allow you to choose hearing aids over the allowable amount, and to pay the difference.  

This year, FEP has modified the benefit, putting restrictions and guidelines that must be followed. One of the new requirements is that you must obtain signed medical clearance from a physician before ordering hearing aids, even if you have had hearing aids before. This medical clearance must be signed within 6 months prior to ordering the hearing aids. The next step is to request prior authorization from BCBS, essentially asking permission to use your benefit. One of the criteria they are using to approve hearing aids is a minimum hearing loss. This year they determined that members with mild hearing loss should not qualify for hearing aids. We found this very frustrating due to the amount of research that shows even mild untreated hearing loss puts you at risk for falls, depression, and memory loss. However, improvement has been noted after consistent use of hearing aids! That is a very good reason to address hearing loss early on. Research also shows that regular use of hearing aids may lower risk of mortality. 

At Gardner Audiology in Tampa Bay, we believe if you have hearing loss and you have a benefit for hearing aids, you should be entitled to use that benefit! There has been enough upheaval over this restriction based on degree of hearing loss that BCBS is modifying to include mild hearing loss.  Our team at Gardner Audiology is here to help you navigate the insurance system and to help you fight for your benefit.  

Gardner Audiology doctors are in network providers for your BCBS hearing benefits. They would be happy to review your benefits with you so schedule your appointment today! Gardner Audiology has 10 locations in the Tampa Bay Area in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, and Marion Counties in Florida. Call 1-800-277-1182 or email info@gardneraudiology.com to schedule an appointment.  

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