State Advocacy Resources

Health Care Advocacy

Legislating Health Plan Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children, Cognitive Rehabilitation, and Autism Related Services
How to advocate for coverage including real-world examples and success stories.

Health Care Reform
How to advocate for the professions in the changing health care landscape.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Services: Essential Coverage of Habilitation and Rehabilitation: Advocacy Toolkit
The Advocacy Toolkit is developed by ASHA for ASHA-recognized state associations and Habilitation Advocates to use when speaking with exchange officials, insurance commissioners, and state legislators about the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services as an essential health benefit. It also outlines immediate steps you can take to protect consumer access to habilitation and rehabilitation in your state.

Billing and Reimbursement
Information specific to health plans and billing codes.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have EHDI laws or voluntary programs that screen hearing.

School-Based Advocacy

Salary Supplement Advocacy

School Funding Advocacy
Resources to help members learn about and advocate for increased funding for education. See also school district success stories.

Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of Speech-Language Pathologists (PACE)
Advocate for an accountability system for SLPs in schools.

State Common Core Standards
Where does your state stand on the Common Core?

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Work for Change in School Settings
Questions include how to begin, how long it should take to achieve success, and what to do if decision makers are not supportive.

School-Age Hearing Screening
Links to state and federal information, as well as ASHA and other resources.

Other Advocacy Resources

State Action Toolkit
Resources to help advocate for qualified personnel to provide audiology and speech-language pathology services in educational and health care settings.

State-Based Advocacy Networks
ASHA has three networks: SEALs (State Education Advocacy Leaders), StAMP (State Advocates for Medicare Policy) Network, and STARs: State Advocates for Reimbursement.

State Model Bills and Mandates
Language that can be used to craft legislation and links to current state requirements.

ASHA Corporate Partners