Friday, 28 May 2021

Senator Warren Makes the Case for MAASA and Announces Bi-Partisan Reintroduction During Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Posted in ADA News

On May 19, 2021, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act (MAASA) of 2021 (S. 1731), along with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced identical legislation (H.R. 1587) in the House of Representatives. Since its introduction on March 3rd, the House bill has already picked up 32 bipartisan cosponsors.

View Senator Warren’s Senate Finance Committee Exchange on MAASA. MAASA will make three important updates to Medicare coverage policies:

  1. Remove the physician order requirement for coverage so that Medicare beneficiaries will have direct access audiology services;
  2. Authorize Medicare to reimburse audiologists for the Medicare-covered services that they are licensed to provide; and
  3. Reclassify audiologists from suppliers to practitioners within the Medicare system.

MAASA will make much-needed improvements to Medicare statutes to remove red tape, better deploy audiologists within the Medicare system, and streamline access to audiologic care for seniors. ADA applauds Senators Warren and Paul for their leadership in advancing this important legislation in Congress.

On May 26th, ADA, AAA, and ASHA held a collaborative town hall, Securing the Future of Audiology: Collaboration in Action, to outline the rationale for MAASA as a top priority to ensure expedient and optimal hearing and balance health care for older adults. If you missed the live event, you can view it here.