2018 ASHA Public Policy Agenda

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The Government Relations and Public Policy Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is pleased to present the 2018 Public Policy Agenda. Designed for ASHA members, policymakers, and consumers, this resource identifies the top public policy priorities for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology in the areas of health care coverage and reimbursement, education, and professional practice.

Forty million Americans have a communication disorder. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists play a principal role in the assessment and treatment of these disorders and thus form a vital and necessary component of educational and health care delivery systems nationwide. At a time marked by political uncertainty, sharpened ideological divisions, tightened budgets, and a devolution of authority from the federal government to state governments, it is especially important that the value and quality of audiology and speech-language pathology services are properly understood and reflected in relevant laws and regulations. Appropriate assessment and treatment of communication disorders yields a healthier, more resilient, and more productive population.

The priorities in the 2018 Public Policy Agenda rest upon several foundational principles, including a commitment to patient/client care, evidence-based practice, positive outcomes, nondiscrimination, professional diversity, and the highest standards of professional ethics.

ASHA stands ready to work collaboratively with policymakers to advance the priorities in the 2018 Public Policy Agenda. We are committed to policies that promote the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services, meaningful access to high-quality care, and fiscal responsibility.


Member Advocacy Resources

Every member of ASHA is an advocate with an important voice, and your participation in ASHA’s advocacy efforts is critical! By working together, we can most effectively educate, inform, and persuade policymakers to take action and advance our professions for the benefit of our patients/clients.

Resources for Getting Involved


Please contact:

Jeffrey P. Regan
Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy

ASHA Corporate Partners