November 22, 2015
ADA has signed on a great group of new cosponsors to the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519, and now that Congress has settled in for the second half of the 114th Congress, it is time to redouble our efforts!
February is the perfect time to invite your Representatives and Senators to tour your office while they are on their February recess. These tours are a crucial part of our advocacy efforts, because the more we engage members of Congress, the more successful we will be in advancing the 18x18 initiative and The Audiology Patient Choice Act.
The visits provide audiologists the opportunity to show our elected officials, first-hand, our commitment to the patient population we serve, as well as to demonstrate the variety of diagnostic and treatment services we provide to their constituents in the community. The staff and our partners at our practices can also benefit from interacting with Members of Congress and their staff.
In addition, tours allow lawmakers to hear directly from our patients about how important it is for them to have access to treatment for hearing and balance disorders. By showing legislators how our patients benefit from quality care that we provide, we are better able to demonstrate why the Medicare program needs to be updated to give Medicare patients greater access to care and choice of provider in treating their hearing and balance disorders. Tours can provide great value in opening up a direct conversation with lawmakers about the shortcomings of the Medicare program, the unnecessary burdens it places on seniors who are seeking Audiologic Care, and the need to enact the Audiology Patient Choice Act, H.R. 2519
To view resources for a reverse fly-in at your office, click here