ASHA News: SIG Members Take to Capitol Hill As the U.S. Congress began its 113th session, members of ASHA's Special Interest Groups visited Capitol Hill in February to advocate for issues important to communication sciences and disorders professionals. Members of SIG 2, Neuro-physiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SIG 18, Telepractice; and the Board of SIG Coordinators ... ASHA News
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ASHA News: SIG Members Take to Capitol Hill
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ASHA News   |   April 01, 2013
ASHA News: SIG Members Take to Capitol Hill
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.18042013.62
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.18042013.62
As the U.S. Congress began its 113th session, members of ASHA's Special Interest Groups visited Capitol Hill in February to advocate for issues important to communication sciences and disorders professionals.
Members of SIG 2, Neuro-physiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SIG 18, Telepractice; and the Board of SIG Coordinators took advantage of their meetings at the ASHA national office by visiting with their congressional representatives or the representatives' staff.
Capitol Hill visits achieve several goals:
  • Representatives and senators learn how a number of issues—Medicare reimbursement, paperwork, hearing health care, telepractice and others—affect providers and patients in their districts and states.

  • ASHA members have the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions and provide additional information about issues critical to CSD professionals.

  • ASHA advocates build relationships with staff in congressional offices and become a resource when policy questions arise.

As with many ASHA-sponsored Capitol Hill visits, several of the participants were first-time advocates. Members need not be experts in policy when visiting with legislators; ASHA staff provide briefings and materials for advocates to use, as well as tips and pointers.
Members interested in participating in future Hill visits should contact Caroline Goncalves, ASHA associate director of federal advocacy, at cgoncalves@asha.org.
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