You Can Make a Difference: To learn more about becoming a Habilitation Advocate in your state, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASHA is collaborating with ASHA-recognized speech-language and hearing associations in each state and the District of Columbia to advocate for the continued coverage of speech, language, and hearing services in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Services: Essential Coverage of Habilitation and Rehabilitation [PDF] is a tool developed by ASHA for ASHA-recognized state associations and Habilitation Advocates to use when speaking with exchange officials, insurance commissioners, and state legislators about the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services as an essential health benefit. It also outlines immediate steps you can take to protect consumer access to habilitation and rehabilitation in your state.
The toolkit also includes:
As of 2020, states can still offer the 10 essential health benefits (EHBs), but they are able to update their benchmark every year and have more flexibility in deciding what benefits are covered or excluded. Under this framework, states will be able to:
As states consider modifying their ACA benefits, it is more important than ever to emphasize the value of habilitation and rehabilitation coverage.
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists practicing in states considering changes to habilitation and rehabilitation coverage can contact ASHA staff at email@example.com for guidance and support.