The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced that North Carolina and Georgia are the fifth and sixth states to pass legislation approving the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). The agreement will help give improved access to audiology and speech-language pathology providers, telehealth options, and better portability for military spouses, among other things.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 1053 into law on July 2. Georgia bill, SB 306 is awaiting approval by Governor Brian Kemp. These states join Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming in adopting the ASLP-IC.
Ten states must enact a compact bill for the ASLP-IC to become operational. ASHA will continue to work with the Council of State Governments (CSG) and allied stakeholders to pass legislation in the states during the 2021 legislative sessions.