Important Update:

Recently, OAA was made aware that BCBS made significant changes to its reimbursement schedule for hearing aids effective September 1, 2021. The changes appear to have only been announced through an email newsletter sent out in April of 2021.

OAA has been working with our community of experts to ensure we are presenting our membership research-based information and impactful action items. We appreciate your patience during this process. Our current understanding is that BCBS is within their rights to make these changes and to inform providers in the way they did.

We understand the impact these changes will have on audiologists and their ability to provide the highest level of service to their patients. To that end, OAA is working on the following actions:

We are working on a letter to BCBS, cc'd to the Oregon insurance commission, criticizing the method of notification of this change.

We are working on setting up a listening session with a representative from BCBS and members of OAA where concerns about how this will impact the level of care BCBS subscribers will receive.

We encourage members to reach out to the BCBS Provider Contact Center with comments (800) 253-0838, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PT).

We will keep our members informed as we continue to talk with experts. Please tell other impacted Oregon audiologists and encourage them to reach out to us with any additional questions or concerns -

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