Legislation in Action

Current Legislative/Regulatory Activity

ASHA Develops a New Advocacy Tool for Protecting Therapy Coverage Under the ACA

Recent changes by the federal government give states more leeway to determine what services are covered or excluded in ACA health plans. Speech, Language, and Hearing Services: Essential Coverage of Habilitation and Rehabilitation 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. We encourage you to use this tool as an educational resource!

Interstate Compact Update

ASHA participated in a meeting with staff from the U.S. Department of Defense-State Liaison Office (DSLO) to discuss how interstate compacts will address the needs of service members and military families. DSLO staff discussed their historical involvement in promoting expedited licensure for military spouses and shared their interest in interstate compacts. Representatives from current health interstate compacts and those in development, including representatives from ASHA, discussed ways to work with the state liaison office to promote compacts. Learn more about the speech-language-hearing interstate compact.

CMS Issues Guidance Regarding Medicare Therapy Service (Post Therapy Cap)

ASHA Releases Position Statements on Facilitated Communication (FC) & Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)

CMS Proposes Overhaul to the Home Health Prospective Payment System in 2020

FDA Approves Telepractice Option for Cochlear Implants

Audiology, Telepractice

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Medicaid and CHIP Payment & Access Commission (MACPAC) Publishes Update on Current Status of School-Based Services

 Schools, Supervision

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Reimbursement for Transgender Voice Therapy Services

CLD, Schools (Informational Resources Available Courtesy of ASHA)

Reimbursement of Voice Therapy Services for Transgender People