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Vice-President for Legislative Affairs
Kimberly Stewart, MS
kkstewart@ucmo.edu

capitolWelcome to the Legislative Affairs web page.  This page will provide MSHA members with information regarding legislative and regulatory issues, which will affect our practices of speech-language pathology and audiology.  Both area of governance influence our clients and their families and our practices, the legislative process more generally and the regulatory process more specifically.

This web page will include information regarding current and upcoming federal and state activities, links that will give members access to state and federal legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, and other groups and associations that advocate for the same clients we work with.

The emphasis on regulatory affairs is necessary because our state and federal governments provide for regulatory agencies to oversee many aspects of those areas that the legislature creates policies for.  Legislatures pass laws that are fairly broad.  Regulatory agencies issue specific rules that implement legislative decisions in ways that specifically affect services we offer to our clients and the ways in which we provide those services.  Our efforts to advocate must be directed to both legislation and regulation.

Advocacy is essential to our practices.  Simply being aware of issues affecting our clients and us is not enough.  We must actively engage ourselves in supporting the interests of those we serve in our professions by voicing our questions and concerns to those directly involved in making the decisions that affect us.

Both state and federal legislatures are currently preparing for special sessions, including veto sessions.   Regular sessions will begin shortly after the new year begins.  This page will include issues of interest as those issues arise.

Current Legislative Actions – Bills  (speech-language pathology and audiology)

To find out more details on these and other legislative bills, log into www.house.mo.gov   Click on ‘bill tracking’ and then locate the appropriate number.  Click on the bill number and then click summary.  They are pdf files.   However, quick links to bill summaries are provided below:

Missouri State Bills

Senate Bill 885 and House Bill 1900 – These bills modify provisions of laws relating to licensing and certification for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, with audiology aides and speech-language pathology assistants, which eliminates expansion of scope of practice for hearing aid dispensers.

Both Senate and House Bills made it through hearing and out of committee, however, were not able to make it to the floor or be attached to another bill for the remainder of the session.

MSHA will return next legislative session to request filing of the Bills in both House and Senate.
Changes to the Speech-Language Pathology Act  -- Proposed changes to the speech-language pathology act concerning speech-language pathology assistants can be read by clicking here.

These amendments will allow fewer restrictions for speech-language pathology assistant practice in all employment settings, especially the schools, and will allow pre-service training programs at the universities to adjust their undergraduate programs to articulate with the credentialing requirement changes of SLP-A. This change will assist in the marketing of the credential as a career option

Legislative Committee
If you are interested in working on legislative and regulatory issues, including advocacy efforts to benefit our profession and those we work with, please contact me at kkstewart@ucmo.ed.  Establishing a statewide network for advocacy is a priority.  Please let me know what issues interest you. 

 

Helpful Links
The following links provide resources and information regarding issues of interest, including information that allows each of us to advocate for our clients and our profession.  Other web pages on this site include helpful links to agencies and organizations.

Missouri Legislature
www.moga.mo.gov/   This site will direct members to both the House and Senate home pages, which provide information about legislative session schedules, house and senate members, committee meetings, and status of bills being considered during the session.

United States Congress
www.house.gov    This site provides access to information about issues considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.

www.senate.gov   This site offers information about issues being considered by the U.S. Senate.

ASHA
www.asha.org/advocacy/   This web page provides information about state and federal legislative issues, including advocacy resources.

 

Other Sites

www.cms.gov   This site provides information from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

www.ahcanal.org/   This website is for the American Healthcare Association, which represents the long-term care industry.  It provides legislative and regulatory updates and advocacy resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated July 31, 2014

 
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