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State-Based Advocacy Networks

The State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs), State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs), and State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are three critical networks that support ASHA’s ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology. These networks comprise of ASHA member audiologists and speech-language pathologists—appointed by their state association president—who undertake the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Partner with ASHA staff, ASHA volunteer leaders, other ASHA members, and state association members on ASHA’s advocacy objectives and related efforts
  2. Engage in direct advocacy with lawmakers, policymakers, and external partners
  3. Serve as an information conduit between ASHA and state associations
  4. Raise awareness about relevant public policy topics within the professions

State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs)

The SEALs provide leadership, guidance, and support on topics related to the funding and delivery of services in school-based settings.

SEALs Liaison: Eileen Crowe at ecrowe@asha.org

State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMPs)

The StAMPs provide leadership, guidance, and support on topics related to coverage, reimbursement, and the delivery of services under Medicare.

StAMPs Liaison: Sarah Warren at swarren@asha.org 

State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)

The STARs provide leadership, guidance, and support on topics related to coverage, reimbursement, and the delivery of services under state Medicaid programs and private payers.

STARs Liaisons: Caroline Bergner at cbergner@asha.org (Medicaid) and Jacob Manthey at jmanthey@asha.org (private health plans)

ASHA Corporate Partners