In October, the American Medical Association (AMA) ruled that the hearing aids used by American Veterans to receive their hearing aid must be replaced, because they do not meet the standard of “medical necessity.”
This ruling is a clear victory for veterans and their caregivers who have been fighting for years for the devices to be replaced.
Veterans, their families, and their healthcare providers have been using the devices for decades, and veterans deserve the opportunity to enjoy a hearing aid that meets the standards set by the AMA.
The hearing aid industry is a major contributor to the VA and has been a key source of revenue for the agency.
The American Hearing Association, an organization dedicated to improving the accessibility and quality of the hearing care services that veterans receive, launched the “Impeachment Hearing” hearing aid project in 2015.
Impeachment hearings are often held in the federal courts to provide justice to veterans and families of military personnel who were dishonorably discharged.
The Impeachement Hearing project is a partnership between ImpeachTheVet, a veterans advocacy group, and the American Hearing Institute.
The project will be led by ImpeachingTheVets co-founder, David A. Nocera, MD.
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Impeaches former chief executive officer and current president of the AMA Robert P. Johnson stated, “The Impeas are right.
Our hearing aids have been in service to our veterans for decades.
It is time to replace them with the best technology available.”
This is a very good step forward, and I am thrilled that the American Legion has joined the cause.
Veterans and their loved ones deserve the best hearing aids, and we should not be afraid to use technology to achieve that goal.
However, we also know that technology is only as good as its weakest link, so it is imperative that the AMA, the VA, and other federal agencies work together to ensure that all VA benefits are not only fully accessible to all veterans, but also fully funded, and that VA benefits continue to be funded in a timely and cost-effective manner.
The AMA, AMAWOMAN, and our allies in Congress should continue to work together on legislation that will ensure that veterans and the VA receive their full hearing aid coverage.
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