Academy Board Visits Capitol Hill

Academy Board Visits Capitol Hill

October 31, 2017 Government Relations News

On Friday, October 27, members of the American Academy of Audiology's Board of Directors visited Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials and advocate for legislation to improve access to hearing health care via telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries, student loan forgiveness, and consistent funding for NIH. In seven meetings with representatives from five different states, the Board members had conversations about the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act and the Access to Frontline Care Act, and mentioned that October is Audiology Awareness Month, which was recognized in a Senate resolution introduced on October 25 as an initiative to increase awareness and recognition of the profession of audiology.

Also, Board members used their Hill visits to thank Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) for cosponsoring the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI), which was signed into law in mid-October, ensuring that the critical federal program will continue to be funded for the next five years. Other Board members were able to attend a political briefing giving them an inside look at how the Academy's PAC donations are used to help promote key issues and advance audiology legislation.

From left to right: Melissa Heche, Christopher Zalewski*, Virginia Ramachandran, Jennifer Whittaker, Brad Stach

From left to right: Melissa Heche, Holly Burrows, Virginia Ramachandran, Jennifer Whittaker, Christopher Zalewski*, Tracy Murphy, and Brad Stach.

To coordinate Capitol Hill visits when in the Washington, DC area, contact the Academy's associate director of government relations, Adam Finkel.

*Dr. Zalewski attended the session in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institutes of Health or the United States Government.

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