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Expanding Access to Cochlear Implantation Under the Affordable Care Act, presented in partnership with American Cochlear Implant Alliance

Course: #23497Level: Intermediate1 Hour 202 Reviews
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA for short), often referred to as “Obamacare” offers coverage opportunities for individuals who previously may not have had access to health insurance. This course will provide a primer on the ACA and the state Benchmark Plan process and discuss what we have discovered so far regarding cochlear implant coverage under the new State Health Insurance Marketplaces.

Course created on January 15, 2014

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; IHS/1.0; Kansas, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to explain the basic characteristics of the new individual and small group plans and who may be eligible to purchase insurance under the new exchanges.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to advise patients on how to evaluate their State Health Insurance Marketplace plans as to appropriate coverage for cochlear implantation.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to assess the possible impact of Medicaid Expansion on access to cochlear implantation in their state.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Overview of the Affordable Care Act
15-20 Minutes Cochlear Implantation as an Essential Health Benefit
20-30 Minutes Health Care Marketplaces and the Benchmark Plan Process
30-40 Minutes State Champion Program and Case Studies
40-55 Minutes Medicaid Expansion: What does that mean and how might it impact on adult access to care?
55-60 Minutes Summary and Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Donna Sorkin: Financial: Donna Sorkin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Non-Financial: Donna Sorkin wears a cochlear implant. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board, the National Institute on Deafness, NIH and Gallaudet University

Theresa Morgan: Financial: Theresa Morgan is the Legislative Director of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC. Non-Financial: Theresa Morgan is passionate about advancing policies to improve access to health care services and devices.

Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with the American Cochlear Implant Alliance

Content Disclosure: This course will discuss the State Champions Program/ACI Alliance

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