2014 ASHA Public Policy Agenda
The public policy agenda (PPA) is developed annually by the Government Relations and Public Policy Board and serves as a blueprint for advocacy efforts taken on by the Association. The development of the PPA is based primarily on ASHA member input. It includes issues facing the professions at the federal and/or state levels and is based on the foundational principles that provide a common thread throughout the agenda. ASHA has made great progress toward achieving many of the public policy issues. For more information, see the 2012–2013 Agenda in Action [PDF].
Input for the development of the 2014 PPA was provided through responses to a focused survey that was posted on ASHA’s community sites, ASHA Headlines, and ASHA’s website. Additional outreach was made to ASHA’s boards and committees, special interest groups, and state association leadership. Of the more than 35,000 ASHA members surveyed, ASHA received responses from 1,662 respondents. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists showed strong agreement in ranking the importance of the issues. In developing the 2014 PPA, the GRPPB took into consideration member comments as well as ASHA staff expertise and input received from consultants.
The PPA needs to be proactive in order to prepare the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology for the future of health care and education. ASHA must educate members and policy makers on realistic changes to policy and practice necessary to compete in the changing landscape. As such, issues identified in the PPA are those that–after careful analysis–have been deemed feasible in the current state and federal political climate and a good use of member resources. Some issues, such as paperwork and caseload reduction, are multi-pronged and will require policy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Other issues, such as Medicare direct access and/or limited license physician status, are not feasible in the current political climate. ASHA will continue supporting the comprehensive audiology bill that permits reimbursement for both diagnostic and audiologic treatment services.
Federal and State Level
ASHA members can help move ASHA's advocacy efforts forward by serving as advocates for the professions. They can
- share the Association's public policy agenda with peers to educate others on the advocacy efforts for 2014,
- participate in e-advocacy through ASHA's take action website at, where the Association asks members to contact Congress about key issues affecting the professions,
- sign up to be a Grassroots Captains—needed from every congressional district and state across the country.