Academy Opposes the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act (H.R. 1116)
Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) reintroduced the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act (HR 1116). This legislation is identical to HR 2330, which he first introduced in the 113th Congress. HR 1116 is supported primarily by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). After careful research, review by subject matter experts from the Academy's Government Relations and Coding and Reimbursement Committees, and an overwhelming response from its membership at large, the Academy made the decision not to support the Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act (HR 2330) in the 113th Congress. The Academy will oppose this legislation (HR 1116) in the 114th Congress because it does not advance our overarching goal of achieving autonomous practice for audiologists.