NHAA becomes 25th Organization to Endorse Audiology Patient Choice Act—Momentum Grows as We Head into the 114th Congress

Contact: Stephanie Czuhajewski

On December 18, the New Hampshire Academy of Audiology (NHAA) became the 25th organization to officially endorse the Audiology Patient Choice Act since its introduction less than five months ago, on July 31st by Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA).

This legislation, if enacted will streamline access to audiology services for Medicare patients, and bring Medicare in line with today’s best practices in the delivery of hearing and balance health care services.

The Audiology Patient Choice Act (and its respective bill number H.R. 5304) will expire with the expiration of the 113th Congress this month—but the momentum behind and for this legislation will clearly carry into the 114th Congress, which is scheduled to begin on January 6, 2015. The composition of the new Congress will markedly change and republicans will hold the majority in both chambers. However, because the Audiology Patient Choice Act has attained bi-partisan support for its common-sense, efficient approach to improving access to audiologic care for Medicare recipients, we are confident that it will continue to be well received by democrats, republicans and independents alike.

ADA will work with its partners and patient choice advocates to seek a speedy reintroduction of the Audiology Patient Choice Act (18x18 legislation) in the House and the introduction of companion legislation in the Senate. We will also continue to develop the nationwide advocacy network that will be instrumental in passing the legislation.

So what’s next? ADA members, your help is needed now more than ever. We must remain steadfast and committed to our goal to provide Medicare patients with better access to audiologic care. We will need to redouble our efforts in the 114th Congress and we will be calling upon you soon to contact, and in many cases re-connect with your legislators on this very important issue. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to this initiative, please contact Stephanie Czuhajewski. There are a number of committees and subcommittees working to advance the Audiology Patient Choice Act and we welcome new perspectives and expertise.

ADA members and constituents raised more than $150,000 in 2014 to support the advancement of the Audiology Patient Choice Act through Congress. We know that the closer that we get to 100 percent participation, the greater the impact—especially as we engage legislators in the 114th Congress. If you have not done so already, please consider donating in any amount to the ADA Advocacy Fund before the end of 2014.

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