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ASHA Advocate: May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022


The Top Line

Primaries in several states this past week have kicked the 2022 mid-term campaign season into high gear. This will likely impact the ability of Congress to advance legislation in the coming months, raising the possibility of large packages of bills being moved in late November or early December. Many state legislatures have adjourned for the year. ASHA will continue to find opportunities to move our priorities. You are essential in this effort! Please take 5 minutes to advocate during the remainder of Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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Newborn Hearing Screening Bill Introduced in Senate

Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced S. 4052, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2022. This legislation would reauthorize federal grant funding for EHDI programs operated independently by each state and territory. The House passed a similar bill last year. ASHA is advocating for appropriate funding to ensure newborns receive timely screening, diagnosis, and intervention, and a study to report on disparities follow-up services. Take action by emailing your Senators and asking them to support these efforts!

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House Committee Advances Bill Supporting School-Based Medicaid Reimbursement

The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation, H.R. 7233, which includes a provision requiring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to update its Medicaid school-based administrative claiming guide to facilitate reimbursement for Medicaid-eligible services provided in schools. The bill is now ready for consideration by the House of Representatives.

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Spotlight!

We warmly recognize ASHA’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy Doanne Ward-Williams, MEd, CCC-SLP. We thank Doanne for volunteering her time with ASHA and for her tireless commitment and passion toward advocacy and ASHA-PAC!

Doanne Ward-Williams

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