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Are Your Hearing Aids Covered by United Healthcare Insurance?

by | Feb 13, 2023 | Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Hearing Test, Insurance, Patient Resources

Our goal at North Houston Hearing Solutions is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your hearing healthcare, and that includes hearing care insurance.

We know hearing loss can be a challenging experience, and it’s important to understand what treatment options are available to you.

That’s why we offer comprehensive hearing care assistance that covers a range of services and treatments, including hearing aids, hearing tests, and other hearing-related treatments.

We know that approximately 15% of American adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing, so we strive to be as accessible as possible to our North Houston community and beyond.

In this article, I’ll discuss the benefits of United hearing care insurance and how it can help you manage the costs associated with hearing loss.

United and Medicare Working Together

People enrolled in the Medicare program often find that basic Medicare plans do not cover hearing costs. However, you are eligible for coverage if you have a United Healthcare plan with certain riders or supplemental insurance.

Here’s what you can expect from a United Medicare Advantage plan:

  • If you receive hearing aids from United Healthcare Hearing, you can get up to a $1,425 copay for each one (up to two per year). The amount of copayment depends on the style and features of the hearing aids. You need to have prior authorization for this.
  • Fully covered yearly evaluation.

The following are very common in the state of Texas, and partnering with AARP through one of their Part C plans could make things a lot easier for many residents.

Advantage Plan 1 (HMO-POS)—A primary care provider visit does not require any copayment; however, there is a $35 copayment for a specialist visit.

Advantage Choice (PPO)—It is not necessary to pay any copay when visiting a primary care provider. However, a copay of $40 is required for visits to a specialist.

Advantage Patriot (HMO-PPO)—You do not need to pay a copayment to visit a primary care provider; however, a $35 copayment is required to see a specialist. There is no monthly premium to pay, and you do not need a referral to access care. Out-of-network coverage is available, and the maximum amount you will have to pay out of pocket for in-network care is $5,500.

Advantage Plan 2 (HMO)—No monthly premium needs to be paid, and no referral is necessary. Out-of-network coverage is available, and the in-network out-of-pocket maximum is $5,900. Copayment for a primary care provider is $5, and for a specialist it is $45.

Part C Plan Without AARP

Advantage Choice (Regional PPO)—In order to see a primary care provider, there is a $10 copayment required. To see a specialist, the copayment is $50. Additionally, there is a $49 monthly premium to pay. No referral is necessary, and out-of-network coverage is available. The combined in- and out-of-network out-of-pocket maximum is $7,500.

Supplement Your Medicare with United

United Healthcare offers AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans to help cover some of the costs that Original Medicare does not.

These plans are available with the “+wellness extras offer” and include UHC Medigap Plans A–C, F, G, K, L, and N. AARP members receive a discounted rate on hearing devices from the top five tiers of technology and features, ranging from standard to premium, and an extra $100 discount.

Matching Your Needs to the Right Policy

Whether you have insurance already or are looking to enroll, we are able to help you along every step of the way.

Bring your current insurance plan for our insurance specialist to examine. We have close working relationships with all the main insurers in Texas.

Check your insurance benefits here to get all the details about how you and your family can get the most from United or your current insurance.

We know how vital hearing is and how much we rely on it to communicate; that’s why we make it our business to know all the ins and outs of these policies.

We work with them daily, so take advantage of our experience and contact us with any questions you have.

We’re here to help with anything and everything related to your healthy hearing.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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