Wednesday, 17 March 2021
MAASA Reintroduced with Loud and Clear Bi-Partisan Support: Take Three Steps to Help Advance H.R. 1587
On March 3, 2021, Representative Tom Rice reintroduced the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA), H.R. 1587, with 25 original bi-partisan co-sponsors, to deliver better access for beneficiaries to hearing and balance services, while streamlining service delivery to create efficiencies within the system.
“Unfortunately, Medicare policy has not kept pace with changes in health care delivery models for diagnosing and treating hearing and balance disorders. Current Medicare reimbursement policy still requires seniors to obtain a physician order before seeing their audiologist. Further, because audiologists are inappropriately classified as suppliers within the Medicare system, they are not able to provide treatment services that are covered by Medicare and that they are licensed to provide,” said Congressman Rice. “This legislation brings Medicare policy in line with evidence-based practices, allows seniors with Medicare Part B to have the same access to audiology care provided to many veterans, federal employees, and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, and will not change audiologists’ current scope of practice, supersede state law, or add any new services into the Medicare system.”
We need your help to advance MAASA through Congress! It’s as easy as 1-2-3
- Please review the current list of 27 co-sponsors. If your Representative is not on the list co-sponsors, please contact them today via Congressional Connect to request that they co-sponsor H.R. 1587, the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act. Find your representative.
- Please donate to the Eric N. Hagberg Advocacy Fund to help ensure that your voice is heard on Capitol Hill.