Congress is now working on crafting another COVID-19 relief package to follow up on the CARES Act passed last week.
Congress and the Administration have taken many steps to expand the health-care workforce and remove barriers to providing services via telehealth. However, to date, the current barriers in Medicare regarding access to audiologists and the provision of services via telehealth have not been addressed.
Please visit the Academy Legislative Action Center to access a template letter to contact your legislators about this critical issue.
Food and Drug Administration Slates Proposed Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Rule for Possible June Release
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Spring 2021 regulatory agenda indicates the agency could as soon as this month release its long-awaited proposed rule to establish an over-the-counter (OTC) category of hearing aids. This would lay out safety, labeling, and manufacturing standards for the devices, coming as key lawmakers press the Department of Health and…
Senators Warren, Paul, Grassley, Shaheen, Brown, and Sinema Introduce Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act
The American Academy of Audiology (Academy), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to hold town hall “Securing the Future of Audiology: Collaboration in Action” on May 26 at 7:00 pm ET. On May 19, 2021, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA)…
Senator Warren Urges Senate to Prioritize Passage of Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act at Hearing on COVID Health Flexibilities
At the May 19, 2021, Senate Finance Committee hearing on COVID-19 Health-Care Flexibilities, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made the case for passing the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act, which she reintroduced on the same day with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The bipartisan bill would ensure seniors and people with…