Happy New Year! The beginning of the year might be a great time for you to consider replacing your current sound processor with next-generation technology.
Using your insurance benefits at the beginning of the year might be a good option for you if you’ve been considering replacing your current sound processor. As the new year starts, many insurance plans have deductibles that have to be satisfied before your insurance will cover medical costs. Your deductible is the specified amount of money that you must pay out-of-pocket before your insurance will pay towards your services.
Maximize your benefits by reaching your deductible at the beginning of the year. Once your deductible is met, a higher percentage of your covered services will be paid for by your insurance, which typically means lower costs to you. To help satisfy the deductible, there are multiple options available to you to help you pay out-of-pocket, including the following:
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA): If an FSA is offered through your employer, you or your spouse can start the year with a federally regulated amount for medical expenses and gradually reimburse your employer through pre-tax deductions from your paycheck. As the dollar amount is determined by the IRS and subject to change each year, we encourage you to review the amount offered each calendar year. You may establish an FSA during your employer’s insurance open enrollment period. FSA funds can only be used for the portion of the cost not covered by insurance.
- Health Saving Account (HSA): An HSA accommodates those with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) by allowing them to put aside a certain amount of savings for individuals and families for medical expenses not reimbursed by their insurance. These amounts are also federally regulated and subject to change each year. We encourage you to review the amount offered each calendar year. If your health plan qualifies as a high-deductible plan, you may establish an HSA during your employer’s insurance open enrollment period. HSA funds can only be used for the portion of the cost not covered by insurance.
- CareCredit® offers interest-free financing plans* that can spread payments over 6, 12, 18 or 24 months to help fund out-of-pocket costs and coinsurance. Longer period terms, up to 60 months, are also available for eligible purchases at fixed interest rates. Link to the application can be found here.
- Contact local, state, and national organizations to inquire about assistance with helping to fund your sound processor replacement. Worthwhile resources include vocational rehabilitation agencies and nonprofits active in causes related to hearing loss.
Advancements in technology
There are significant advancements in next-generation Cochlear™ Nucleus® and Baha® Sound Processors. With Cochlear True Wireless™ accessories you can stream sound wirelessly from everyday devices.
We’re here to help
Let us navigate the insurance reimbursement process for you. We are here to help you through every step of the process from choosing your accessory options to placing your order. We will work with your clinician to determine medical necessity and collect all documentation needed to bill your insurance directly. Please plan ahead as it takes on average 6 to 8 weeks to process orders.
Contact us at 1-866-922-8673, Opt 2 or via email at Customer@Cochlear.com. If you choose to use Cochlear’s Reimbursement and Insurance Services, you will need to provide us with your specific insurance details in order for us to provide you with your estimated out-of-pocket cost.