The Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association makes every effort it can to support the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)’s efforts in the area of federal advocacy. Advocacy efforts require the help of members at both the state association level, as well at the national level.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children in the United States with disabilities. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
ASHA is please to provide the document: Essential Coverage: Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Devices to members in the state. The document can be used to explain the role of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in providing services to clients who require rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices for the purposes of education and advocating within your state to maximize coverage of member services. The guide contains the federally adopted definition of rehabilitation and habilitation and provides clinical examples of medically necessary audiology and SLP services under the defined benefit category. The new federal definition provides an opportunity to advocate for expanded coverage of habilitation services that have previously been denied. For more information please email Briana O'Neill V.P. Advocacy firstname.lastname@example.org or Daneen Grooms, ASHA’s Director of Health Reform Analysis and Advocacy, email@example.com or 301-296-5651.