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Tennessee Association of Audiologists
and Speech-Language Pathologists

TAASLP Advocacy

Legislative Affairs

The Legislative Affairs Committee is charged with monitoring, developing, and advocating for legislation that affects audiologists and speech-language pathologists and the clients and patients they serve.  The VP for Legislative Affairs works closely with the TAASLP lobbyist to develop strategies for engaging legislators in issues pertinent to our professions.  The Reimbursement Committee is a subcommittee of the Legislative Affairs Committee and works to ensure that members receive the most current information regarding rules and regulations for reimbursement and also advocates for reimbursement for our services.

TAASLP conducts periodic ‘Day on the Hill’ events to allow members to meet with their legislators and directly advocate for our professions at Legislative Plaza

Current Projects

  • TAASLP is monitoring legislation repealing Professional Privilege Tax; we will be introducing legislation in the 2014 legislative session.
  • TAASLP continues to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee on provision of services by audiologists and speech-language pathologists by monitoring discussions on insurance exchanges and Medicare expansion
  • TAASLP is participating in developing rule regarding telepractice for audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 2014 Legislative Updates

Accomplishments

  • 2011 – Received ASHA STAR grant for developing student advocacy participation at the state level.  Conducted ‘Day on the Hill’ event for undergraduate and graduate students from across the state
  • 2011 – Legislation mandating insurance coverage for hearing aids for children passed
  • 2007 – Legislation explicitly allowing speech-language pathologists to perform endoscopy passed
  • Advocated for legislation mandating newborn hearing screening
  • Advocated for insurance mandate for autism coverage

If you would like to be involved in the Legislative Affairs Committee, or would like to discuss current and/or prospective legislation, please contact TAASLP VP Legislative Affairs, Dr. Barb Jacobson, at advocacy@taaslp.org

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