ASHA News: ASHA Members Hit Capitol Hill ASHA members participated in grassroots advocacy in record-breaking numbers in 2013: More than 230 members of ASHA boards, committees, special interest groups, councils and other groups visited members of Congress or their aides to advocate for the professions. The members, representing 18 ASHA groups, attended more than ... ASHA News
ASHA News  |   November 01, 2013
ASHA News: ASHA Members Hit Capitol Hill
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ASHA News   |   November 01, 2013
ASHA News: ASHA Members Hit Capitol Hill
The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18112013.60
The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18112013.60
ASHA members participated in grassroots advocacy in record-breaking numbers in 2013: More than 230 members of ASHA boards, committees, special interest groups, councils and other groups visited members of Congress or their aides to advocate for the professions.
The members, representing 18 ASHA groups, attended more than 565 face-to-face meetings in Capitol Hill congressional offices. The visits helped ASHA garner legislation cosponsors, set the groundwork needed for members of Congress to introduce legislation, and provide information on the importance of audiology and speech-language pathology services.
The groups included the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councils, Board of Directors, Board of SIG Coordinators, Continuing Education Board, Government Relations and Public Policy Board, Health Care Economics Committee, National Black Association for Speech-Language-Hearing, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and other students, Political Action Committee Board, School Finance Committee, and eight special interest groups.
The grassroots advocates discussed several issues, including repealing the Medicare outpatient therapy cap, legislating comprehensive Medicare coverage of audiology services, protecting funding for the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, and reducing the documentation burden on audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
If you will be traveling to the D.C. area for business or pleasure and are interested in participating in a Capitol Hill visit, contact Caroline Goncalves, ASHA associate director of federal advocacy, at cgoncalves@asha.org. If you can't get to D.C. and still want to make your voice heard, write to your congressional representative through the ASHA Take Action website or request a meeting in the lawmaker's home office during a congressional recess.
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