The Indiana General Assembly 2021 has adjourned.
ISHA Political Action Committee Needs You!
Each year the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association and our lobbyist mount a two-pronged approach to advocacy.
First, we participate in the political process by supporting Indiana State Senators and Representatives who author or support legislation that benefits our professions or the patients/clients we serve. Each year, ISHA raises money for ISHA-PAC (Political Action Committee) so that we may participate in this process. Supporting legislators who support us is just common sense. If we do not participate in the political process, we allow our professions to fade from view or worse. As the old maxim puts it, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”.
Second, these are times when ISHA asks members to contact their legislators to support or oppose a bill. Contacts from constituents can influence legislators and DO make a difference. That was certainly the case this past year. You answered the call and made a difference!
This two-pronged attack led to several legislative successes in the 2021 Indiana General Assembly:
Emergency Permits: Senate Bill 278 would have re-authorized Emergency Permits for communication disorders in Indiana schools. With an emergency permit, an individual with only a bachelor’s degree may provide the full range of SLP services just as if the individual were licensed as an SLP. SB 278 did not receive a hearing by the Senate Education Committee. ISHA appreciates and thanks all of you who contacted their senator on the committee to voice opposition to this bill.
Telehealth: Senate Bill 3 provides permanent telehealth authority for many health care providers, including Audiologists and SLPs, effective April 20, 2021. The bill does not address telehealth authority for SLPAs, CFs, or students. We have additional work to do in 2022.
Reciprocity: House Bill 1549 made two important changes to increase the number of SLPs who can practice in Indiana and therefore in Indiana schools. This bill will permit an SLP or AUD licensed in another state to practice in Indiana for 180 days each year without obtaining an Indiana license. Current law allowed 30 days. Additionally, the bill permits Indiana to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to permit licensees to practice in another state and vice versa.
Supporting legislators who value our mission and ISHA members participating in grassroots advocacy were the foundation of our success in 2021. We anticipate a busy legislative session in 2022 and it is an election year. We must replenish PAC funds right now. Whether you have previously given to ISHA-PAC or not, please help support our political efforts. The need has never been greater, and we are only as strong as our collective efforts allow us to be.
You can contribute in one of two ways:
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little”
To support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of the State of Indiana.
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