Insurer to Sell Hearing Aids Online
hi HealthInnovations, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, will offer hearing aids with no out-of-pocket costs to certain UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage members in Florida, as well as direct-to-consumer hearing aids for people outside its network. ASHA is in conversations with hi HealthInnovations and UHC regarding the program. A larger article exploring the program's implications will appear in a future issue of The ASHA Leader. For more information, visit ASHA's audiology webpage.
Stats on Children With Disabilities
According to a recently released U.S. Census Bureau analysis [PDF, 3.1MB], 5.2% of U.S. children ages 5 to 17 have a disability. The analysis also found that those children with special needs were most likely to have cognitive difficulties and were more likely than their typically developing peers to attend public schools rather than private.
Alzheimer's Linked to BMI
People who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease later in life, but researchers recently found that people in the earliest stages of the disease actually are more likely to have a low body mass index (BMI). In a recent study, researchers examined the cerebrospinal fluid of 506 people for disease biomarkers. They found that 85% of the people with mild cognitive impairment who had a BMI below 25 also had signs of beta-amyloid plaques—a hallmark of the disease—in their brains. The full report appears in Neurology.