It's important for clinicians to adapt to the changing landscape of health care by learning about major reform initiatives. This resource provides information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health care reform issues for audiologists, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and the patients you serve.
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At the forefront of health care reform in the U.S. is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010. The ACA has three primary goals:
Since the ACA's enactment, many states, organizations, and individuals filed federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of all or parts of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in November 2020 on the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate and is expected to announce a decision in 2021.
ASHA monitors the ACA and advocates on issues impacting the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology, such as habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices coverage. The following resources provide information on provisions of the ACA that impact audiologists and SLPs.