ASHA Advocate: October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

The Top Line

Members of Congress have returned to their states and districts to campaign in advance of the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, November 8th. The outcome of the elections will determine how Congress addresses some “must pass” legislation by the end of the year, including funding for fiscal year 2023. Even though both chambers have recessed, ASHA’s advocacy continues.

ASHA wants to acknowledge and thank students nationwide participating in our annual Student Advocacy Day today! If you have not participated, yet, there is still time to take a few moments and be heard!

House Education Hearings Highlight Recruitment of Special Educators

The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing, Back to School: Meeting Students' Academic, Social and Emotional Needs, to explore how schools help students get back on track academically and address their social and emotional needs. Witnesses and committee members highlighted the importance of recruiting and retaining qualified personnel to serve students. ASHA supports the GROW SISPS Act (H.R. 7219), which would help school districts implement ‘Grow Your Own’ programs to recruit and retain speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other specialized instructional support personnel. Ask your House representative to cosponsor this bill!

Take Action

House Passes Bill to Improve Use of Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage

The House has passed ASHA endorsed legislation, the Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act (S. 3173). If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the bill would reduce the use of prior authorization by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to inappropriately delay or deny access to needed care, including audiology and speech-language pathology services. Take action now by emailing your Senators and urging them to pass this important legislation!

Working for You


"Advocacy means taking meaningful action towards change. I feel empowered when I exercise my voice to create a better future for our profession."

—Sheila Mathew, NSSLHA Member, Government Affairs and Public Policy Board member

Sheila Mathew

ASHA Corporate Partners