Advocacy Updates


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Planning for Day on the Hill 2024 in underway!

Join us in-person and represent our key service bills!

TAASLP will meet in-person with state legislators in Nashville at the Capital on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.  Join us in advocating for the professions and earn .45 free CEUs!

8:30-9:00 Welcome, Orientation, and Discussion of Current Legislative Issues impacting Profession/Clients in SLP/AUD –Jessica Lenden-Holt
9:00-10:00 “Advocacy and You: Be the Change”- Jessica Lenden-Holt and Shequria Williams
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:45 Visits with Legislators as assigned
12:45-1:30 Wrap up Meeting (Lunch provided)

Learning outcomes- TAASLP’s Day on the Hill 2024
Participants will be able to:
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 clients by meeting with legislators

Jessica Lenden-Holt is the VP of Legislative Affairs for TAASLP and has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.
Shequria Williams is the SEAL representative for the State of TN and has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.


This program is offered for .45 CEUs (Introductory, Professional area)

 TAASLP received a student advocacy grant from ASHA, and we are asking all state university programs to participate.

Reach out to the TAASLP VP of Legislative Affairs, Jessica Lenden-Holt, at to learn how you can get involved!

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
  • New Laws of Special Interest to TAASLP
  • TAASLP is continuing to advocate for Medicare/Medicaid increases in reimbursement and fighting against cuts to services.


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!