Advocating for Interstate Compact Legislation in 2022
A legislative summit was held on August 24 and 26 for states interested in introducing legislation for the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) in 2022. Attendees heard from ASHA and the Council of State Government as well as legislators in states where the ASLP-IC passed in 2021. The first meeting of the ASLP-IC Commission will be held later this fall. Fifteen states have now passed the ASLP-IC with the latest in New Hampshire where Governor Chris Sununu signed ASLP-IC legislation into law.
Rejecting Proposals to Cut Medicare to Pay for America’s Aging Infrastructure
The Senate has passed a bill that includes a provision to extend certain Medicare Part B cuts and rescind approved education funds to help pay for legislation that funds improvements to America’s aging infrastructure. While ASHA supports the principle of investing in our nation’s infrastructure, ASHA does not support that investment coming at the expense of audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) being able to provide essential services. ASHA will continue advocating to ensure proper reimbursement for audiology and speech-language pathology services provided to Medicare beneficiaries as federal lawmakers consider relevant legislation.
Adopting the C-SLPA in Wyoming and North Carolina
Wyoming and North Carolina have agreed to accept ASHA’s speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) certification, the C-SLPA, as an optional pathway for licensure. ASHA will continue to promote the certificate in other states that license SLPAs. Source – https://www.asha.org/
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