Congress has passed a bipartisan bill addressing gun violence. The legislation includes several provisions relevant to ASHA members, including expanded support for telehealth services, and over $1.3 billion to support school safety initiatives and efforts to improve learning environments.
"Gun violence affects an estimated 3 million U.S. students at school each year."
ASHA continues to work with the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology to advance the bipartisan Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (H.R. 1587/S. 1731) before the end of the year. Now is a critical time to build additional support for this bill by asking your members of Congress to cosponsor it. Act today to improve Medicare beneficiary access to audiology services.
ASHA's advocacy efforts successfully reversed a Rhode Island rule that prevented students over the age of nine from obtaining speech-only services in the schools.
An advocacy collaboration between ASHA and the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) resulted in Colorado’s Medicaid program changing its prior authorization request (PAR) process for speech therapy services to once every 12 months instead of every 3-6 months, matching the allowance for occupational and physical therapies. Additionally, ASHA and CSHA worked together with Colorado Medicaid to create a process for reconsideration of claims that were erroneously denied for educational reasons.
Six more U.S. House members have cosponsored H.R. 7219, the GROW SISPS Act, which would help grow the audiology and speech-language pathology workforce through a grant program. Learn more and take action to help increase support for the GROW SISPS Act.
Thank you, Nancy, for your ongoing leadership!
"ASHA advocacy gives me a voice at the federal, state, and local levels!"
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.