Hearing Aids

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by upsczar, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. upsczar

    upsczar Member

    My child has been wearing hearing aids since he was 2 years old. Under the Ups company health care plan the hearing aids were always covered at 100% every 3 years. We recently took our son to the Audiologist. The Audiologist informed us that the new plan (177 western health "enhanced" plan) only covers $1000.00 per ear for a total of $2000.00. I would think coverage for pediatrics would not have been cut severely. Now we are faced with a $5000.00-$8000.00 bill. Does anyone have any advice? He is a child and surgery cannot fix his nerve damage. Thank you.
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    My son also wore hearing aids when he was younger and the $1K/ear $2K/total was the coverage back then under our Teamster plan. We never paid anything out of pocket. Why in the world are you spending up to $10K on hearing aids? Are they gold-plated?
     
  3. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Not much for advice. Just info. And I only know about adult HA coverage. Used to be only about 60 percent, once in a lifetime. Now a $1000 each ear every three. I thought it was better here in Central States.
     
  4. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Just a thought here, but perhaps there are some organizations that can help with the cost?
     
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The OP simply needs to shop around---$8-10K for kid's hearing aids is absurd! Kids do not need the in-the-ear type until they are fully grown.
     
  6. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Depends on the degree of hearing loss and where insurance will cover. Mine were $5400.00.
     
  7. Xexys

    Xexys Retired and Happy

    What?
     
  8. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Can you hear me now?
     
  9. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    A Doctors degree and awesome delivery man. You are the total package.
     
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  10. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

  11. Xexys

    Xexys Retired and Happy


    Quite unbelievable that he can't get a woman with those credentials.
     
  12. upsczar

    upsczar Member

    He suffers from neurosensory hearing loss. Analog HA wont work for his condition. I would think that this would be cover under major medical. Thank you.
     
  13. upsczar

    upsczar Member


    I am Southern California. Ups Company Plan covered it at %100 under major medical.
     
  14. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Generally credentials with Andrew Jackson's picture on it will get the woman he's looking for.
     
  15. upsczar

    upsczar Member


    I will be looking into that. Thank you.
     
  16. upsczar

    upsczar Member

    Neurosensory Hearing loss requires specialized hearing aids. He wears behind the ear. Thank you.
     
  17. upsczar

    upsczar Member


    He suffers from Neurosensory hearing loss. I wonder why the HA would not be covered under major medical. Thank you.
     
  18. upsczar

    upsczar Member

    Exactly.
     
  19. upsczar

    upsczar Member


    That was always the case for my son too. Pediatrics under major medical for hearing aids had more coverage. That was what we were told by the insurance under the Company plan. Thank you.
     
  20. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Was their determination of coverage the initial response to you? My point being that there are several things that our insurance initially determined my son was not eligible for or at lesser coverage. My wife , with the aid of our doctors,took the appeal to the appropriate level and got his needs re-evaluated and covered at the required amount.