DHCS to Launch Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Program Next Week

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will launch on July 1, 2021, the Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Program (HACCP). The FY 2020-21 State Budget included the proposal to create this new program that will cover hearing aids and related services for approximately 7,000 children under the age of 18 who have a household income of up to 600 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) and who are not otherwise eligible for Medi-Cal. The benefit will be available to individuals whose health insurance does not cover hearing aids and services.

HACCP policies will reflect existing California Children’s Services (CCS) policies for coverage of hearing aids and hearing aid replacement, hearing aid supplies and accessories, hearing aid-related audiology services, and post-evaluation services. These services will be provided based upon a valid hearing aid prescription or a referral from an audiologist, otolaryngologist, or physician. HACCP will utilize enrolled Medi-Cal providers to offer program services.

The initial rollout of the program will use a paper application process, followed by the launch of an online application portal. Additional information on the HACCP is available here.