The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement. Their targets are key decision-makers in private corporations, public agencies, and the local legislature. Examples are health care insurance executives, benefits administrators, state insurance department officials, and state congress members. STARs create advocacy strategies and share skills with the state speech-language-hearing associations that appoint them.
STARs form a true network. They link states together and to ASHA through monthly conference calls, a STARs-only e-mail discussion group, and periodic meetings. STARs are individuals who:
Look for your state's STAR in the roster, below. Communicate reimbursement questions or concerns to your STARs!
Don't see a name for your state? Step up to the plate and get involved! How can you become a STAR? Contact your state association president to volunteer and your nearest STAR for details.
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee Combs (SLP)
Dr. Melodie Maerz (AuD)
Julie Pratt (SLP)
Linda Piazza (SLP)
Cindy Johnson (A)
Cheryl Stephenson (SLP)
The contact information was current at the time it was submitted to ASHA by the network representative.