May 16, 2023
ASHA’s first in-person Capitol Hill Day in 1,526 days was a huge success with 73 ASHA members from 40 states and territories participating in 130 meetings. We were fortunate to have Members of Congress join for many of the meetings, including Senator John Fetterman who pledged to work with us to expand access to audiology and speech-language pathology services. Thanks to members of the Committee of Ambassadors and Political Action Committee for SPEAKING up, being HEARD, and making an IMPACT! You can make an impact on federal legislation during Better Hearing and Speech Month by sending prewritten messages to your members of Congress.
ASHA supports the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act [PDF] (H.R. 2663/S. 1176) that would require the Labor Department to issue workplace violence prevention standards to protect health care and social service workers, including audiologists and SLPs. ASHA President Bob Augustine was quoted in the sponsor’s press release on the bill, which will help ensure that the health care settings where members work have effective policies, training, and recordkeeping access in place to prevent violence and protect their health and safety. Take action now to support this bill.
ASHA has implored congressional leaders to reject House passed legislation, the Limit, Save, Grow Act (H.R. 2811) that would slash spending on domestic health and education programs, institute new Medicaid work requirements, and cancel the Administration’s student loan forgiveness program to reduce the federal debt. ASHA President Bob Augustine highlighted that the bill [PDF] would limit the ability of patients to access critical services members provide, harm the education of students with disabilities, and deter students from pursing audiology and speech-language pathology careers. ASHA also signed several different coalition letters opposing the legislation.
ASHA’s government affairs and public policy team visited a local audiology practice to kick off Better Hearing and Speech Month. Thank you, Kris Deak and Gina Trant, for meeting with us!