ASHA has awarded grants to 13 state associations to help the organizations pursue state-level grassroots advocacy projects related to personnel or reimbursement issues. Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas received grants that address personnel issues in education or health care settings. The personnel projects range from pursuing licensure of SLPs to the development of guidelines for working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Alaska, California, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Virginia, and Washington received reimbursement grants to support projects aimed at improving private health plans and Medicaid reimbursement for speech-language pathology and audiology services. This year’s reimbursement projects include improving insurance coverage of hearing aids/cochlear implants and developing a Medicaid provider manual specific to speech-language pathology. For a description of all the projects funded under the 2011 State Association Grants, see The ASHA Leader online, April 26, 2011.
Questions regarding the grants may be directed to Eileen Crowe, director of state association relations, at email@example.com (Personnel) or Neela Swanson, health care financing information coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org (Reimbursement).