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ASHA HEADLINES - Your 60-Second Advocacy Update

07 Jul 2017 11:32 AM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

Your 60-Second Advocacy Update



Tools You Can Use – Looking for telepractice/telesupervision requirements in your state? New webpages are now available for each state including laws and regulations to assist members in this area. Visit your state's page to learn more.


Making an Impact – Last week, ASHA members sent over 7,600 emails to Congress opposing Medicaid block grants and preserving habilitation and rehabilitation services as essential health benefits in health care reform legislation. Thanks for speaking out!


Working for You

ASHA collaborated with state associations to encourage outreach to their Senators in expressing concern about certain provisions in the Senate health care reform bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Concerns included a reduction in Medicaid funding, repealing federally-mandated essential health benefits, and promoting the interstate sale of health plans.

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled an important vote on the BCRA before a scheduled week-long recess over the Fourth of July. Senate leaders continue to negotiate the health care legislation, but it is unclear whether the Senate will have the necessary votes (52) to bring the bill to the Senate floor.

  • The U.S. Department of Education is requesting public comments [PDF] on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in keeping with President Trump's Executive Order, ''Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.'' ASHA staff are reviewing the notice and will submit comments by the August 21, 2017, deadline.

  • The U.S. Department of Education has announced [PDF] its intention to establish two negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

  • The June 27, 2017, Congressional Briefing on the Value of Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services and Devices [video] was organized by 60 national groups, attended by over 150 people, included presentations from two members of Congress and five advocates, and ended with coalition visits to 48 Senators.

Fast Fact

460 people supported ASHA's Thunderclap to preserve access to rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. The message reached over 22,250 people through social media. Learn more about Thunderclap.


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