Legislative UpdatesIssues important to our professions and citizens of the state of Kansas include:
- KSHA supports continued and expanded funding of special education services, including advocating for appropriate policies related to Medicaid covered services in schools and other settings.
- We are facing a shortage of qualified SLPs. The number of special education students in need of services is disproportionate to the number of qualified SLPs who can provide these services.
HEARING CONSUMER PROTECTION
- KSHA supports consolidation of the Kansas Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers with KDADS to ensure consumer protection and make the process for filing complaints straightforward for hearing aid consumers. We oppose efforts of hearing aid dispensers to expand their scope of practice.
- KSHA supports one license for audiologists to practice their profession, to include the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids.
- KSHA supports expanded access to hearing aids through insurance coverage. KSHA does not support HB 2021 as written but would work with legislators to craft a bill that would benefit consumers and ensure best practices for services provided.
- Limitations of Medicare and Medicaid affect access to services for individuals of all ages.
- KSHA supports Medicaid expansion.
- KSHA supports efforts to increase oversight of KanCare to protect consumers and to provide access to services for those on disability waivers.
- We support the recognition and coverage of appropriate services delivered through telepractice/telehealth including coverage of services by Medicaid in school settings.
- We support state requirements that ensure consumer protection for services delivered through telepractice/telehealth.
PUBLIC SAFETY OF CONSUMERS:
- KSHA supports legislation (HB 2074) to allow for the permanent exemption of post-secondary institutions, state or municipally owned medical facilities and adult care homes, and community mental health centers from allowing the open or concealed carry of firearms except by law enforcement.
- The lack of a training requirement risks the safety of students at four of the post-secondary institutions in Kansas (via training programs and campus clinics) along with the safety of the public served by speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
- There do exist concerns of how to best respond to instances of violence including an active shooter. However, education like ALICE training is the appropriate response to those concerns.