State Network Representatives
ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy department has developed networks with representatives from individual states. Each of these networks focus on a different priority issue.
State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs)
The SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.
State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs) Network
ASHA's State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) network enhances and perpetuates the advocacy, leadership, and communication of ASHA members at the state level to influence administrative and public policy decisions that impact the Medicare coverage, reimbursement, and delivery of speech-language pathology services and audiology services.
State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)
The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate locally with legislators, state insurance commissioners, health plans, unions, and employers on matters related to Medicaid and private health plan reimbursement.
Persuasion and Negotiation in Advocacy [PDF], presented during ASHA's 2008 Annual Convention.
Network Advocacy Workshop at the 2015 ASHA Convention
During this program, SEALs, StAMPs, and STARs will have the opportunity to explore issues at the federal, state, and local levels impacting the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. Participants will also examine the roles of the three networks within the states. Additionally, participants will exchange information with other SEALs, StAMPs, and STARs regarding the addressing of these issues within their state speech-language-hearing-associations.