Concerns About Access Although the Affordable Care Act—the new health law recently enacted by Congress—increases the prevalence of health insurance for the general public, the article “The Health Care Ruling and You” (July 31) expresses concern that the services of speech-language pathologists still may not be accessible to all of those in need. ... Inbox
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Concerns About Access
The ASHA Leader, September 2012, Vol. 17, 2-36. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.17112012.2
The ASHA Leader, September 2012, Vol. 17, 2-36. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.17112012.2
Although the Affordable Care Act—the new health law recently enacted by Congress—increases the prevalence of health insurance for the general public, the article “The Health Care Ruling and You” (July 31) expresses concern that the services of speech-language pathologists still may not be accessible to all of those in need.
I am an undergraduate student majoring in communication sciences and disorders and spent the summer interning as a member of the rehabilitation team in an acute inpatient traumatic brain injury unit. By the time I had a chance to interact with the patients, they were medically stable, but many still had a long way to go until recovery. The new buzzword in medicine is quality of life, and although these patients were no longer facing a life-threatening condition at the inception of therapy, such therapy was needed to allow the patients to achieve their optimal quality of life upon discharge from the hospital.
In recent years, there has been a preponderance of therapy developments that allow for remarkable recoveries (as in the case of Gabrielle Giffords). The next few years are expected to be an exciting time for health policy makers, and now, more than ever, it’s important for speech-language pathologists (along with other rehabilitation professionals) to ensure that their services are properly recognized and made affordable to ensure that patients experience complete recovery.
Ashley Barlev New Hyde Park, New York
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