American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
May 16, 2013

Now is the Time to Provide Your Input on the 2014 PPA

You have been selected by ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy (GRPP) Board to participate in the 2014 Public Policy Agenda survey. Your assistance is critical to the development of ASHA's 2014 Public Policy Agenda. Members who complete ASHA's public policy online survey will direct the allocation of resources and effort for legislative and regulatory issues in 2014.

This survey requires you to rate 11 issues and should take less than 5 minutes of your time. The survey closes on June 7, 2013.


With the help of members' grassroots efforts, ASHA has achieved advancements in federal and state legislation and regulations on issues members consider most important, including

  • extension of the therapy cap exceptions for 2013,
  • promotion of a building code amendment that pertains to access for persons with disabilities (specifically classroom acoustics in new construction),
  • introduction of new and revised CPT codes for audiology and speech-language pathology,
  • submission of comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding inclusion of essential health benefits under the Affordable Care Act,
  • passage of speech-language pathology licensure/certification in South Dakota and Colorado,
  • prevention of a 26.5% reduction in Medicare reimbursement for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

For your reference, the 2013 Public Policy Agenda is posted on ASHA's website here.

ASHA Resources

If you have questions or need further information, feel free to contact Shelley Victor, ASHA's 2013 government relations and public policy board chair, at You may also direct your questions to George Lyons, ASHA's director of government relations and public policy, at, or Theresa Rodgers, ASHA's vice president for government relations and public policy, at

The 2013 GRPP Board includes Shelley Victor (chair), Maria Dixon, Kellie Ellis, Christine Freiberg, Catherine Gottfred, Regina Grimmett, Paul Kileny, Robert Turner, Tori Gustafson (chair, PAC), Nancy Mellon (public member), Theresa Rodgers (vice president for GRPP), and George Lyons (director of GRPP).

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