The mission of the NJAA is to promote audiology as the primary profession in New Jersey for the delivery of hearing and balance care and to facilitate the ability of our members to identify, diagnose, treat, and prevent hearing and balance disorders through professional education, public awareness, and research initiatives.
The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019
"On July 25, 2019, U.S. Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE) introduced this important legislation to enhance benefits for Medicare beneficiaries needing hearing health and balance care by providing them with critical direct access to both diagnostic and therapeutic services of audiologists.
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) have endorsed this bill and are working closely together to seek additional co-sponsors in the House and to advance a Senate companion bill soon to be introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has also endorsed the bill.
The Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 will remove unnecessary barriers to access and streamline Medicare coverage policies for audiologists to provide the full range of Medicare-covered diagnostic and treatment services that correspond to their scope of practice. The legislation would also reclassify audiologists as practitioners (how Medicare currently recognizes clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and advanced practice registered nurses). We are attaching an issue brief on the bill to explain the key provisions, and you may want to track the bill progress via the Congressional site for federal legislation."
Who We Are
Founded in 1992, the NJAA has served as a resource for professional and consumers in New Jersey. As audiologists we are professionals who use all of the tools at our disposal to identify and treat hearing, balance, tinnitus and other auditory disorders in individuals across the lifespan.
Board of Directors
President - Donna Goione-Merchant, AuD
Why Become a Member
As a member of NJAA you will have access to: