What to Look For When Signing Up for Health Insurance

The 2018 open enrollment period for the healthcare marketplace ends after December 15, 2018. As the parent of a child with hearing loss that has been forced to get new health insurance every year for the last seven years (our plans were “no longer offered,” i.e., cancelled, each year), I understand how hard it can be to choose a health insurance plan.  If possible, work with your employer’s human resources department to pick a plan.  For the rest of us without that option, here are a few tips to consider when choosing an insurance plan for you and your family.  We provide additional resource links for more tips.

Join FHSR for an Evening of Merit and Music!

FHSR is proud to welcome legendary musician Richard Reed on Friday, November 2nd for our An Evening of Merit and Music featuring the Merit School of Music students from the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for a night of music and storytelling.

Cheers & Beers for Ears – A Big Success!

A big thank you to everybody who made Cheers & Beers for Ears 2018 a rousing success! The FHSR Associate Board could not have done it without the help of our fabulous supporters. We also want to thank Loukia, Dave Wzorek, and Out of Hours!

Important News: Insurance Coverage for Children’s Hearing Aids

On August 23, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB4516 requiring Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing instruments for children under the age of 18. The bill is effective immediately, which means that insurers will begin providing this benefit with policies issued after today. If you have a claim denied, please report it to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Cheers & Beers for Ears – Please Join Us!

Cheers and Beers Poster

The FHSR Associate Board invites you to join us for Cheers & Beers for Ears! This year’s Cheers & Beers for Ears will take place at The Little Owl Social Club on September 14, 2018 from 6 pm – 10 pm. We will have live entertainment, arcade games and a raffle! Dave Wzorek and Out of Hours will perform.

School Options for Children with Hearing Loss

Children listening to storytime

Has your child been diagnosed with a hearing loss? Are you looking for a school for the deaf in Illinois? The FHSR Associate Board has compiled a list of schools for the deaf in Illinois, as well as other options to consider if you are thinking about educating your child in a public or private school.

FHSR Launches Blog to Support Children with Hearing Loss!

Young boy with cochlear implants

Welcome to the Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) Blog!  We are so excited to launch our new blog. For many years we wanted to create a resource that can provide information and a sense of community for children with hearing loss and their families, and now the blog is finally here!