Advocacy Alert!

TAASLP Day on the Hill 2020

Wednesday February 26, 2020


  • 8:30-9:15
    • Orientation – Heather Meshell and Courtney Atnip, TAASLP Lobbyists
    • Discuss current legislative issues affecting profession/patients in SLP/AUD
  • 9:15-12:00
    • Visits with Legislators as assigned
    • Advocate for current issues affecting AUDs/SLPs/our patients
  • 12:00-12:30
    • Debriefing, Discuss legislator feedback – Heather Meshell, Courtney Atnip, and Jamie Seek

Participants will be able: 

  1. To explain the procedure of introducing and moving a bill through the State legislature
  2. To identify critical legislative issues for SLP/AuD practice in Tennessee
  3. To advocate for their profession and patients by meeting with legislators


Heather Meshell and Courtney Atnip are contracted as lobbyists for TAASLP and receive compensation for those activities. Heather Meshell and Courtney Atnip have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Jamie Seek has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

This program is offered for .40 CEUs (intermediate level, related area)

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 currently analyzing school SLP caseload data, with an end goal of introducing caseload or workload caps in Tennessee
  • TAASLP continues to monitor on going changes to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee and its effect on provision of services by audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • TAASLP is participating in developing rule regarding telepractice for audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • New Laws of Special Interest to TAASLP


2019 – Assisted in the repeal of the Professional Privilege Tax for 15 of the original 22 professions, including Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
2019 – Introduced successful legislation which established a provisional license for SLP Clinical Fellows (CFs), allowing them to be reimbursed by Medicare and other third-party payers
2015 – Introduced legislation to repeal the Professional Privilege Tax. Our efforts contributed to the study that is being signed into law (as of 4.22.16)
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 at

Thanks for all you do to support infants, children, and adults with communication, balance, and swallowing disorders!