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The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act
The Academy is working with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) on legislation that will reclassify audiologists as “practitioners”. This reclassification will provide additional opportunities under Medicare, such as allowing patients direct access to audiologists and expand audiological services to include treatment. Read the Academy’s Issue Brief on the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act.
The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act
This legislation would make scholarships/stipends available to students typically underrepresented in audiology as well as occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and physical therapy. The Academy worked to include language that includes ACAE accredited programs as eligible educational entities and specifies the Academy as an organization charged with the disbursement of funds. This legislation passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress and will be reintroduced imminently.
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