Current Issues in Legislation

The following information is regularly updated and is intended to inform NJSHA’s stakeholders about the wide variety of legislative and advocacy issues that NJSHA monitors and acts upon. NJSHA is a volunteer organization made up of SLPs and audiologists who, under the guidance and expertise of our lobbyist, monitor and advocate at the local/state level as per our mission statement. If you are not a member, please our membership section and consider joining today.

Updated: June 2021
Misinformation About Telepractice in New Jersey
A recent email newsletter distributed by ASHA, Your 60-Second Advocacy Update, had an article about the state of telehealth in the United States. It highlighted efforts by audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the country to extend reimbursement for telehealth at the same rates as face-to-face services. Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

Updated: April 2021
NJSHA’s Legislative Committee works hand-in-hand with our governmental affairs consultants, Lynn Nowak and Jacy Lance at Porzio Governmental Affairs.

We are currently in the middle of a two-year legislative session which began on January 14, 2020 and will end on January 11, 2022. Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.


SEMI Eligibility: On February 1, 2021, led by School Affairs Committee (SAC) Chair Nicole Ford, four NJSHA members joined Lynn Nowak on a Zoom call with four representatives from the Department of Human Services, specifically the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, to discuss the impact that the COVID crisis and remote/hybrid learning have had on the provision of billable speech-language pathology services under SEMI (the Special Education Medicaid Initiative) program. We spoke with Medicaid’s Medical Director, the Chief of Behavioral Health, the Deputy Director, and the Director of Managed Provider Relations. NJSHA received VERBAL clarification on issues such as Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

Telemedicine Payment/Reimbursement Parity: The COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to virtual provision of many healthcare services revealed a flaw in the 2017 law authorizing tele-medicine, which was drafted to require coverage parity, but in practice, it was discovered that this did not translate to payment/reimbursement parity. In June 2020, NJSHA President Robynne Kratchman provided testimony to the Assembly Health Committee to highlight the importance of resolving payment parity issues and the impact the current disparities are having on providers. Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

Single License Law Update – May 17, 2021
After a long-awaited legislative process, and more than ten years of effort from a small working group of audiologists from the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) and the New Jersey Academy of Audiology (NJAA), New Jersey audiologists are at long last able to dispense hearing aids by virtue of their audiology license!  Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

In mid-September 2020, NJSHA President Robynne Kratchman sent a letter to Renee Clark, the executive director of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee, regarding a potential scope of practice infraction by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) who is routinely performing services that are explicitly included under the New Jersey SLP scope but not the RDH, specifically treating orofacial myofunctional disorders. Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

The New Jersey Department of Education: On April 7, 2021, members of the State Board of Education approved a resolution designating May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. Log into the Member Portal to continuing reading this in the Committee Resources section.

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee regulates the profession of audiology and speech-language pathology in New Jersey. The committee licenses audiologists and speech-language pathologists. NJSHA actively monitors this committee to stay aware of new information and provides comment/input on issues affecting the profession. The following are current issues we are tracking: Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.

Horizon Update – April 12, 2021

NJSHA has established a relationship with executives at Horizon. As a consequence, and benefit, NJSHA and Horizon has been meeting regularly with executives at Horizon to address a variety of issues brought to our attention by members. Several of these issues have been resolved. This ongoing open dialogue between NJSHA and Horizon will allow us to continue to work together on concerns as they arise in the future. Log into the Member Portal to continue reading this in the Committee Resources section.