Public Policy Agenda Sets Advocacy Priorities for 2018 In October, the Board of Directors unanimously approved ASHA’s 2018 Public Policy Agenda to direct the association’s priorities in health care coverage and reimbursement, education, and professional practice. As health care coverage and reimbursement issues continue to be debated and scrutinized, the agenda commits ASHA to developing strategies that ensure ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   January 01, 2018
Public Policy Agenda Sets Advocacy Priorities for 2018
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ASHA News   |   January 01, 2018
Public Policy Agenda Sets Advocacy Priorities for 2018
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.23012018.62
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.23012018.62
In October, the Board of Directors unanimously approved ASHA’s 2018 Public Policy Agenda to direct the association’s priorities in health care coverage and reimbursement, education, and professional practice.
As health care coverage and reimbursement issues continue to be debated and scrutinized, the agenda commits ASHA to developing strategies that ensure appropriate access to, coverage of and reimbursement for audiology and speech-language pathology services under Medicaid, Medicare and private health plans.
Reduced funding, changes in service delivery and parental choice all affect ASHA members who work in educational settings. The agenda calls for ASHA to steer federal and state governments in setting education policies, ensure meaningful access and appropriate funding for members’ services in schools, and maintain federal oversight of policies that grant parental choice in directing education.
The agenda also includes working to improve licensure requirements, promote a defined scope of practice for each profession, and maintain audiologists’ critical role in service-delivery systems for hearing health care.
The agenda recognizes the pivotal role that ASHA members play as advocates for the professions, and highlights resources for members who want to stay informed and get involved, including the 60-Second Advocacy Update, ASHA Take Action, and ASHA-PAC.
Political uncertainty, sharpened ideological divisions and tightened budgets will continue to affect audiology and speech-language pathology in 2018. Using the 2018 Public Policy Agenda as a directive, ASHA members and staff will work collaboratively to educate, inform and persuade policymakers to take action and advance the professions for the benefit of the 40 million Americans who have a communication disorder.
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