Interstate Compact Suggested For Audiologist Licensure Transfers

Lincoln – The adoption of a new Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact was discussed Jan. 22 in a Health and Human Services Committee hearing.

LB 753, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Carol Blood, would allow audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are licensed in a member state of the compact to practice in another member state. Currently there are nine audiologists and 67 speech-language pathologists per 100,000 Nebraskans, and Blood said the interstate compact would increase access to these specialists and promote expanded use of telehealth.

Darrell Klein of the Nebraska Division of Public Health opposed the bill. Klein said that, as the first state to adopt the compact, Nebraska would be committing to an unknown, adding that the state Department of Health and Human Services would not be able to implement the bill as written and would require significant changes.

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

– Unicameral Information Office

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