H.R. 1116 Comprehensive Medicare Audiology Bill

Introduced by U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), H.R. 1116 would provide Medicare beneficiaries greater access to audiology services. The proposed legislation would give Medicare beneficiaries access to audiologists for both diagnostic and treatment services.

Comprehensive Medicare Audiology Bill (H.R. 1116)

ASHA Advocacy

U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) has introduced Medicare audiology legislation (H.R. 1116) that would provide Medicare beneficiaries greater access to audiology services. The proposed legislation would give Medicare beneficiaries access to audiologists for both diagnostic and treatment services.

After extensive discussions and broad-based feedback from members, lengthy deliberations with our legislative consultants, and direct contact with numerous legislative representatives and senior staff, we are convinced that this is the only direction that has any chance of success in the foreseeable future. Your ASHA Board of Directors believes that members expect results and not empty promises. With your support, we can begin the process of passing the H.R. 1116!

If enacted, the bill would not only help patients get more access to qualified providers, it would increase opportunities for audiologists to treat Medicare patients. The bill aligns audiologists with the managed-care direction of health care; at the same time, it has negligible impact on costs to the health care system—a fact that is critical for its ability to pass within the current regulatory and legislative environment.

I urge you to contact your Representative through ASHA’s Take Action process and ask him or her to support this legislation. This legislation is an exciting step in enabling audiologists to be viewed as providers of both diagnostic and treatment services within the Medicare system. This is a crucial component for audiologists to be recognized for their full scope of practice.

So please Take Action now! If you have questions about the legislation, don’t hesitate to contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org, or visit the ASHA website to review the full range of materials that go into more depth about the bill.

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