Now Is Your Chance to Provide Input on the Annual Public Policy Agenda

April 26, 2012

ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy Board (GRPPB) wants to know what's important to you! They are requesting your assistance in the development of ASHA's 2013 Public Policy Agenda. Members who complete ASHA's public policy online survey will help determine the allocation of resources and effort for a variety of issues in 2013.

What is the public policy agenda?

The public policy agenda has served an instrumental role in focusing ASHA's state and federal advocacy efforts that have led to victories for SLPs and audiologists. Some of the most recent achievements include extension of the therapy cap exceptions process, deterrence of a 27.4% reduction in Medicare reimbursement, passage of licensure for SLPs in South Dakota, and new and revised CPT codes.

How is the public policy agenda developed?

Every spring, the GRPPB solicits membership through an online survey. They are interested in finding out what issues matter most to members. The Board then reviews the survey results to help guide the development of the agenda. Once the GRPPB finalizes the agenda, it's sent to the Board of Directors for their approval. Every year, we strive to have the next year's public policy agenda approved and ready to share with members at the annual convention in November.

Why should ASHA members provide input?

Sharing what's important to you helps the GRPPB determine what's impacting members and allows ASHA to more effectively advocate with members of Congress, the Administration, and state governments on your behalf.

Providing input is as simple as ranking the current priorities based on what's important to you and what's not. You can also provide your own suggestions for future advocacy priorities. The deadline is May 31, 2012.

For your reference, the 2012 ASHA Public Policy Agenda is posted on the ASHA website.

If you have questions or need further information, feel free to contact Ellen Estomin, ASHA's 2012 Government Relations and Public Policy Board chair, at You may also direct your questions to GRPP Director George Lyons at or Theresa Rodgers, ASHA's vice president for government relations & public policy, at

The 2012 GRPP Board includes Ellen Estomin (chair), Maria Dixon, Catherine Gottfred, Regina Grimmett, Paul Kileny, Sharon Ringwalt, Luis Riquelme, Robert Turner, Shelley Victor, Nancy Mellon (public member), Theresa Rodgers (vice president for GRPP), and George Lyons (director of GRPP).

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