Legislation Corner Site Index
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The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (HR 4056/S.2446) will remove “unnecessary barriers, allowing patients to receive appropriate, timely, and cost-effective audiologic care.” Currently, Medicare requires a physician order for patients to see an audiologist—and covers only diagnostic services provided by the audiologist without allowing for follow-up treatment or a plan of care. This legislation is designed to improve outcomes for beneficiaries by allowing direct access to audiologic services and streamlining Medicare coverage policies so that audiologists can provide the full range of diagnostic and treatment services covered by Medicare that correspond to their scope of practice. Importantly, the legislation will also reclassify audiologists as practitioners, which is consistent with the way Medicare recognizes other non-physician providers, such as clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and advanced-practice registered nurses. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: About The Act
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The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act
This was introduced into the Senate on October 23, 2019. "This bill will promote and ensure delivery of high-quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services and for other purposes." Please CLICK on the following link to read about the Bill: Details
The Alice Cogwell an Anne Sullivan Macy Act is extremely important because the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and other stakeholders across the state will be searching for sponsors and co-sponsors in the House and Senate to introduce similar legislation in Kentucky. We will need everyone contacting their representatives and senators at that time!!!