Public Policy and You Consumers As Partners Article
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Public Policy and You
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Article   |   July 01, 1999
Public Policy and You
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, July 1999, Vol. 9, 15. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.3.15
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, July 1999, Vol. 9, 15. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.3.15
For the past several years, politicians have been warned that Medicare cuts are political suicide. Yet, consumers have not perceived the implementation of the $1,500 cap and the Prospective Payment System (PPS) as decreasing their Medicare services. The reason for this misperception seems to be a lack of knowledge and awareness. The PPS is so complicated that even many of our ASHA members do not, as yet, understand all the rules and regulations, and they seem to be unaware that these health care cuts are not only affecting their jobs but their future health care. If we step out of our role as service providers and into the consumer role and review all the changes, we would soon realize the imperative need to take action. One avenue is to join with a consumer as a policy partner—an action that not only helps educate the consumer, but also provides grassroots representation to politicians so that legislative advocacy efforts do not appear so “self-serving.”
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