American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
March 24, 2010

Health Care Reform Legislation Signed Into Law

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, the president signed into law H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ASHA will be providing a more detailed analysis of the legislation. However, there are several critical issues impacting audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Specifically, the law will:

  • extend the therapy cap exceptions process through December 31, 2010;
  • exempt Class One devices, such as hearing aids from the medical device tax;
  • include rehabilitative and habilitative services as part of the basic benefit package that insurance companies must provide; and
  • include non-discrimination language that would restrict health insurance companies from discriminating in respect to participation, reimbursement, and coverage of services against any health care provider acting within the scope of their state license.

The Senate is currently considering reconciliation legislation that has the potential of modifying some portions of the recently enacted law.

ASHA will be providing a more detailed analysis of the legislation soon. For more information, please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's Director of Federal and Political Advocacy, at

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