State Associations Receive ASHA Reimbursement and Personnel Grants ASHA has awarded reimbursement and personnel grants to 13 ASHA-recognized state associations. Four states received reimbursement awards totaling $11,000 to support advocacy efforts related to private health plan and Medicaid coverage of audiology and speech-language pathology services: The Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists will continue efforts it ... ASHA News
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2014
State Associations Receive ASHA Reimbursement and Personnel Grants
The ASHA Leader, May 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.19052014.68
The ASHA Leader, May 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.19052014.68
ASHA has awarded reimbursement and personnel grants to 13 ASHA-recognized state associations.
Four states received reimbursement awards totaling $11,000 to support advocacy efforts related to private health plan and Medicaid coverage of audiology and speech-language pathology services:
  • The Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists will continue efforts it began last year to address issues related to recent Medicaid privatization. FLASHA’s eight-member ACTion advocacy team will work with Florida’s Medicaid agency and disseminate information to help members understand Medicaid billing and reimbursement policies.

  • The New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association will develop and field a survey to help prioritize issues and advocacy efforts.

  • The Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association will gather data about cognitive treatment rehabilitation denials and present the information to the state Medical Advisory Committee. In Oregon, coverage of cognitive rehabilitation is limited significantly and often subject to vague guidelines and inconsistent policy interpretation.

  • The South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association will develop a public service campaign in support of efforts to require insurance providers to cover hearing health services, including audiologic evaluation, hearing assistive technology, and follow-up verification and therapy.

Nine states received personnel grants totaling $49,100 to fund activities related to staffing shortages, caseload/workload and advocacy.
  • The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association will develop videos to attract members to the profession; inform consumers about qualifications, skills and scopes of practice for SLPs and audiologists; and advocate for issues affecting the professions.

  • The Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association will help school-based SLPs build support for a workload approach, individualized student services, and a weighted caseload system.

  • The Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association will develop a public service announcement to increase awareness among consumers, legislators and other stakeholders of the role, credentials and importance of audiologists as experts on hearing.

  • The Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association will further develop its Web content to serve the needs of SLPs, audiologists, consumers and related service providers.

  • The New Mexico Speech-Language and Hearing Association will establish a minority student leadership program and provide mentors to participants.

  • The Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association will continue its effort to update the state licensure law.

  • The Vermont Speech-Language Hearing Association will hire a lobbyist to push for passage of a law regulating speech-language pathology assistants.

  • The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia will pursue efforts to pass three laws: universal licensure, cerumen management by audiologists, and regulating SLPAs.

  • The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association will participate in statewide task forces that educate, advocate with, and inform stakeholders and colleagues about the roles and responsibilities of SLPs in schools. The association also will develop and distribute guidance documents and continue to collect data on SLP recruitment and vacancies in schools.

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