By Ms. Jenny Stripling (Army Medicine)May 10, 2018
Retirees and their spouses enrolled to Lyster Army Health Clinic may be eligible for hearing aids at a substantially reduced cost through the Retiree-at-Cost Hearing Aid Program, also known as RACHAP.
The program provides retirees and their spouse the opportunity to buy hearing aids at government cost, usually around $1,000. Generally, two hearing aids can run upward of $8,000 if purchased through an off-post seller.
"We are able to get the hearing aids for the government rate, which saves the retirees a significant amount of money," said Maj. William Gottlick, Chief Audiologist at Lyster.
Lyster is even able to offer options when picking out the right hearing aid, including state-of-the-art remote controls and accessories.
"All retirees who were honorably discharged and have a retirement card, and their spouses, are eligible to participate in the RACHAP at LAHC," said Gottlick. This program is not a TRICARE benefit. It is a program that functions at the discretion of the facility on a space-available basis, and has not been mandated by the Army."
Retirees who wish to make an appointment with the Audiology Clinic need to first be registered in the Lyster system. Registration can be completed by calling the Patient Administrative Division (PAD).
Once registered, retirees or their dependents can make an appointment to see an Audiologist for a full audiological evaluation and discuss amplification options.
"We are proud of this program as it greatly benefits our retiree community," Gottlick said. "I am honored to help in the facilitation of the RACHAP program here at LAHC. We believe it greatly benefits our retiree community. It is one small way the audiology community can give back to those who have given so much to this great country."
To enroll at LAHC please call the Patient Administration Department (PAD) at 334-255-7056 or 334-255-7236. If you are currently enrolled at LAHC, have specific questions regarding RACHAP or wish to make an appointment, please call the LAHC Eye and Ear Clinic at 334-255-7185.
Once registered, retirees can make an appointment to see an audiologist for a full audiological evaluation and/or discuss amplification options.