Encourage Your Federal Representative to Support the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act –H.R. 1587
We need your help to secure additional co-sponsors for this important legislation. Please visit the Academy Legislative Action Center to access a quick and streamlined process to send a customizable message to your elected representative about why this bill is important to you.
The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act was recently re-introduced by Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA), with more than 20 bipartisan original co-sponsors. H.R. 1587 would provide a commonsense solution to modernize Medicare regulations to ensure beneficiaries have access to a full range of hearing and balance health-care services provided by licensed audiologists. The bill would classify audiologists as “practitioners,”—consistent with how Medicare treats similar allied health-care professionals, remove the physician order requirement, and allow audiologists to provide and be reimbursed for diagnostic and treatment services.