Current Legislation

California Capitol Building, Sacramento

Your CAA Board and Legislative Committee have been actively monitoring, providing feedback, and serving as expert witnesses for important legislative issues that concern the profession of audiology.  The following summaries reflect the most current information from Sacramento.


Northern California CAA Legislative Liaison: Marcia Raggio, Ph.D.

Southern California CAA Legislative Liaison: Position Open

The following is a short summary of our current efforts.  We encourage you to contact us with support, challenges, questions or areas for further exploration at

Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Program (HACCP)

The Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Program was signed into law in 2020 and started accepting applications from families in July 2021. Like most new programs, the state has taken a phased approach to launching the HACCP, ramping up its operation over time. CAA was invited by the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees HACCP, to provide formal stakeholder input. Additionally, a bill that would require insurance companies to provide hearing aids and assistive devices for children under the age of 21 (SB 635) was introduced last year. Although we advocated for the passage of this bill, it was vetoed by Govenor Newsome this past fall. Nevertheless, we remain actively engaged with the state and other stakeholder groups to refine HACCP, and to ensure that it will meet the needs of California families and audiologists.  

Families with NO coverage for hearing aids, external worn bone conduction devices, and related services who earn under the 600 FPL will qualify for this program. They can reference this chart to determine if they qualify for HACCP or CCS. To learn more, visit

Medi-Cal Reimbursement

A win for our patients and a win for California audiologists!
The Governor signed a spending bill into law on Friday July 1, 2022 that restores the 10% cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements for audiologists which was imposed during the Great Recession. We identified this as a point of action through CAA's 2021 Legislative Membership Survey and worked to make this happen. 

Thanks in large part to our lobbyists, Sacramento Advocates, we formed a coalition of other healthcare professionals with the same goal. Our lobbyists met with various legislative committees as well as individual legislators and worked with the Governor‘s office to illustrate how Medi-Cal patients are harmed by poor reimbursement to providers.

This change will be implemented by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), any updates regarding billing will be provided as we receive them. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. 

With a large budget deficit this year, we continue to work with our lobbyists to defend this win for CA audiologists.

The Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act (S. 2377)

This bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Charles Grassley (R-IA) will provide seniors with more timely and robust access to services provided by audiologists. This bill would ensure that Medicare covers both diagnostic and treatment services that audiologists are uniquely qualified to provide while removing the physician order requirement so seniors can access these services more easily. The bill would also reclassify audiologists as practitioners under the Medicare statute, enabling permanent telehealth authority. As a state organization, CAA typically focuses on issues that directly pertain to California. However, we strongly believe in this legislation and have developed a subcommittee devoted to advocating for it and other national issues. Please email for more information, including meeting schedule.

Additionally, provided below is a link to ASHA's template letter of support for MAAIA: 

SLPAHAD Licensing Board Meetings

Our lobbyists and your legislative liaisons attend regularly scheduled meetings held by the licensing board to monitor ongoing areas of interest to CA audiologists.  These meetings are announced on the SLPAHAD website along with corresponding agendas. You can find more information here:

For more detailed information and updates throughout the year, please watch your inbox for CAA Member Legislative Update emails.