Federal Legislative Advocacy
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is committed to the enactment of legislation that will strengthen the delivery of, and access to, quality healthcare services in the United States. To achieve this goal, the Academy’s Advocacy team, in collaboration with our physician volunteers, actively engage lawmakers on a variety of issues.
On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was enacted into law, after passage in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The newest COVID relief package includes several important health-policy-related changes impacting otolaryngology- head and neck surgery. The following are provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 most relevant to the specialty. Read More
On December 27, 2020 the “No Surprises Act” was signed into law. This legislation, which enacts changes to federal law to protect patients from the financial impact of unanticipated medical bills, was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2022 and includes provisions on price transparency, provider directories, and patient financial protections that will impact AAO-HNS members and their patients. The American Medical Association has released an initial guide to the major provisions included in this legislation.