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Improve Medicare Payment Rates to Preserve Beneficiary Access to Care
Tell Congress to improve fiscal stability for Medicare providers by passing legislation to provide an annual inflationary payment update based on the Medicare Economic Index (MEI). Ask your federal representatives to stabilize Medicare payment rates to health care providers, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs), to maintain beneficiary access to critical hearing, balance, speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive care.

Audiologists and SLPs are facing declining Medicare Part B payment rates due to a variety of cuts Congress and regulators have put into place. On top of these annual cuts, providers are being impacted by rising inflation that is increasing the cost of providing care to Medicare beneficiaries, without commensurate increases in Medicare payments to offset rising costs. Congress must take common sense steps, such as legislation to update Medicare payment rates in accordance with MEI, to stabilize provider payments and preserve access to care.

Learn more about ASHA’s advocacy efforts to stop Medicare cuts.  

Download the Issue Brief [PDF] for additional details.

Please complete the form to email your members of Congress and ask them to include an annual inflation adjustment to Medicare Part B payments for audiology and speech-language pathology services.

Questions? Please contact Josh Krantz, ASHA's director of federal affairs, health care, at jkrantz@asha.org. 

Thank you for being an ASHA Advocate!

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