Advocacy

Welcome to the advocacy section of the PSHA website.  This section will provide updated legislation for both federal and local affairs, as well as opportunity to support legislation.  Also, links to the ASHA advocacy page and contacts will be provided. The goal is to allow easy access and continued growth with advocacy.

Professional Licensing Waivers
PSHA has communicated to the legislature our support for continuing telepractice past the expiration of the waivers, and we support comprehensive telemedicine legislation to establish a clear framework for telepractice moving forward. Additionally, you can note that PSHA was instrumental in amending the current version of the telemedicine bill, SB 705, to include in the definition of health care services the terms “habilitation, rehabilitation.”

The PA Department of State has updated its list of waivers and their expiration dates: https://www.dos.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Waivers.aspx

The telemedicine waiver is listed on the document of waivers expiring on 9/30/2021: https://www.dos.pa.gov/Documents/Summary-Memo-DOS-Waivers-Expiring-September-30-2021.pdf

ASHA’s State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) Network
Joanne Mizii Wisely MA CCC/SLP FNAP
joannem.wisely@gmail.com
https://www.asha.org/practice/reimbursement/medicare/stamp/ 

ASHA Stated Education Advocacy Leader (SEALs)
Hope Warner
hwarner52811@gmail.com
https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/seals/

ASHA State Advocate for Reimbursement (STARs)
Caterina Staltari (SLP)
staltari@duq.edu
https://www.asha.org/practice/reimbursement/private-plans/reimbursement_network/

Legislative Alerts

Recording: ASLP-IC Legislative Summit
Due to a large number of requests, we are distributing the recording and slide deck from the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Legislative Summit to all invitees and participants.

PA Professional Licensing Waivers Expiring →

State and Federal Legislative Alerts →

Link to ASHA Advocacy
https://www.asha.org/advocacy/

Link to NSSLHA National Link
https://www.nsslha.org/

Link to ASHA Student Advocacy Link
https://takeaction.asha.org/asha/StudentIssues

PSH-PAC

PSH-PAC is the PSHA Political Action Committee, organized to encourage and facilitate members’ participation in the policy making process of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is registered through the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Campaign Finance.

PSH-PAC, the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Political Action Committee, encourages and facilitates participation by members of our profession in the electoral and policymaking processes.

PSH-PAC is non-partisan and supports candidates for state office and legislators whose records and policy positions have demonstrated support of the policy goals of the Association in areas such as education and health care.

Legislation enacted by the PA General Assembly can have important consequences for members of the profession and persons with speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders. The PSH-PAC provides members of our profession with an important vehicle for participating in the political process and helping to choose members of government who share in our policy goals and espouse positions favorable to people with communication disorders and other disabilities. Because of voluntary contributions from its members, PSHA can make contributions to campaigns of candidates for and legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate.

Please consider a donation to the PSH-PAC Fund Drive at one of the giving levels listed below:

AMOUNT LEVEL RECOGNITION
$20-49 Bronze PAC Member Thank you letter
Name published in Keystater
Sticker on name badge at Convention
$50-99 Silver PAC Member Thank you letter
Name published in Keystater
PSH PAC ribbon on name badge at Convention
$100 and above Gold PAC Member Thank you letter
Name published in Keystater
PSH PAC ribbon on name badge at Convention
Personal recognition at Annual Luncheon

Quarterly payments may be made for contribution of $200 or more.
Contributions are not tax-deductible.

PSH-PAC Contribution Form

I understand that my contribution is voluntary and will help support governmental officials who care about and work for my profession.
Contact Information:
Payment Method

Mail to:
PSH-PAC
700 McKnight Park Drive
Suite 708
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

PSH-PAC cannot accept corporate checks or cash.

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FAQs

  1. I hate politics. Why should I donate to PSH-PAC?
    PSH-PAC is nonpartisan and exists to support candidates and current lawmakers who support the issues that are important to our profession and our clients/students/patients.
  2. How does PSHA decide which candidates to support? I do not want my money going to a candidate I would not support.
    Donations to PSH-PAC are made only with board approval (we need to look at policy here and be sure this is true). Donations are made on a communication/swallowing disorders basis and not based on political party ideology.
  3. Why are donations not tax deductible?
    Donations to PACs are not tax deductible as this is federal law, not PSHA policy.