I have United health care for health insurance as well. For the last 10 years or so they would pay 1000 per year for hearing aids. That is if the provider was an approved provider. I have used this 1K many times to get a Hearing aid. The provider is also under contract to the insurance to provide a 30 % discount on all hearing related devices and the remainder of the cost of the hearing aid.
Typically the Audi would manipulate the price and end up taking a trip to Hawaii.
This year 2011
Price quote from this audi was
Oticon Chili SP 9 was 3500
Streamer package /mic 1000
Out of pocket would have been 2150.00 for all
On line I found a guy who offered the following price
Oticon Chili SP9 1895.00
Streamer package/mic 648.00
At the second Audi I went to , They said that UHC this year went to the Epic plan.
Off of the top of my head
EPIC prices for the
Oticon Chili SP 9 was 2200
streamer package 325
so with the 1000 from united health care, I ended up paying 1625 for all, up front.
When my Audi gets back from vacation I will be able to pick up the Oticon Chili SP 9 and Streamer package/mic.