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Bethany Geldmaker Advocates for Awareness & Continued Coverage

Bethany Geldmaker has an incredible story. Paired with the impactful way that she advocates for the importance of bone anchored hearing systems and her mission to educate others on the process of getting coverage for their bone anchored hearing systems, she’s one of the most powerful voices in the community. Recently, Bethany has accelerated her efforts even more to bring awareness to the changes that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed that could eliminate coverage for bone anchored hearing devices in 2015.

Our collective rebuttal to the proposed changes must be education that helps people understand just how important it is to keep coverage for bone anchored hearing systems. That’s exactly what Bethany has been doing. She’s been doing this in three key ways:

  • Working to heighten public awareness
  • Encouraging others to educate themselves on solution options
  • Getting information and education in the hands of insurance providers

Here’s Bethany to explain how she works to accomplish these three goals.

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Andrea Dowell Opposes Change to Medicare Coverage for Bone Anchored Hearing Devices

Ten-month-old Ashlyn, who was born without ears, would be deaf without her bone anchored hearing system. Like so many, the system is critical to her development and wellbeing.

Her mother, Andrea Dowell, is speaking out and opposing the change to Medicare coverage that could eliminate coverage for bone anchored hearing systems.

“It means a lot to a lot of people.”

A bone anchored hearing device is the only answer for her daughter.

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