November 17, 2022
The midterm elections have given some clarity into next year’s political environment. A divided Congress, with Republicans narrowly controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats narrowly controlling the Senate, presents both challenges and opportunities for ASHA and our advocacy efforts going forward. However, before the 118th Congress convenes in January, the 117th Congress has important unfinished business to complete. Fiscal year 2023 spending and other “must pass” health care measures promise to make the month of December very busy on Capitol Hill. ASHA will be working to advance several critical priorities during this time, including—but not limited to—the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (S. 1587/H.R. 1731), mitigation to reimbursement cuts under Medicare Part B, expanded telehealth access, special education and health care funding, and the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (H.R. 3320). Please stay tuned for updates on these priorities as developments warrant.
Advocacy is about effecting positive change. Advocacy is about partnership. Advocacy is about perseverance. The 2023 Public Policy Agenda [PDF] establishes a number of priorities aimed at ensuring that the value of audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in schools, health care, early intervention, private practice, and higher education settings is adequately reflected in rapidly evolving laws, regulations, and payment policies. The 2023 Public Policy Agenda becomes operative in January. ASHA staff is identifying concrete objectives to achieve that meaningfully advance each priority in the current political and fiscal environment. Stay tuned for more information!
"Advocacy to me means being part of the team that helps to make positive change for the patients I serve and my profession. I love being part of ASHA because there is Power in Numbers with our diverse membership."
—Julie Martinez Verhoff, AuD, PhD, Member Government Affairs and Public Policy Board