Grassroots Advocacy Network
Grassroots advocacy is key to ensuring that audiologists’ interests are represented on Capitol Hill. It is important for members of Congress to hear directly from audiologists, especially as they consider issues that will impact the profession. If you are interested in advancing audiology policy initiatives and participating in advocacy activities, sign up to be a part of the Academy’s Grassroots Advocacy Network. The Network serves as a ready resource of volunteers to assist the Government Relations Committee (GRC) and the Political Action Committee (PAC) Advisory Board to promote the organization’s policy agenda on behalf of the profession of audiology. By signing up to be a part of the Network, you are showing your willingness to develop relationships with congressional representatives and engage in important advocacy outreach whether it means sending a letter to congressional champions or setting up an in-person meeting. The Academy staff, GRC, and PAC Advisory Board will provide Network participants with orientation materials and key messages on current policy items.
Through our upcoming "Welcome Orientation Webinar"
Staying informed with the Issue Briefs:
- Give audiologists additional opportunities under Medicare by reclassification as “practitioners,”
- Allow for direct access by Medicare patients to audiologists, and
- Expand covered audiologic services beyond diagnosis to include treatment.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) is planning on reintroducing the Access to Frontline Care Act in the 116th Congress (H.R. 2042 in the 115th Congress) in the U.S. House of Representatives. If enacted, the legislation would authorize the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a Frontline Providers Loan Repayment Program under which HHS would make student loan repayments in exchange for health professionals providing two years of service in a health care facility serving a frontline scarcity area. Frontline areas are specifically defined by the federal government as having a shortage of health practitioners or having a shortage of frontline care services. Audiology services are specifically included in the legislation as frontline care services, recognizing the important role that audiologists play in the delivery of health care.
House Version (H.R. 2042)