(State-Based) Advocacy Networks
Did you know that ASHA has national networks to advocate issues
on behalf of clinicians around the country? Since 1999, ASHA has
created four networks; State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs),
Medicare Intermediary and Carrier (MICs), State Licensing, and State
Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs). Each network targets a specific
population or issue and state appointed representatives work closely
with ASHA to solve problems, develop policies, and diseminate information
to support the professional efforts of communicative disorders professionals
across the country.
Here is a summary of each of the networks and the current PSHA–appointed
representative. Please feel free to contact them with your questions,
concerns, or comments. And, while you are at it, think about volunteering
to be a representative yourself. You will note that one person has
graciously volunteered to cover two areas until another representative
steps forward. We are always looking for new faces and new ideas!
Contact the PSHA office if you are interested in becoming a state
- State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs)
- Medicare Intermediary and Carrier (MICs)
- State Licensing, and State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs)
- State Licensing
Following is a summary of each of the networks and your current
PSHA–appointed representative. Please feel free to contact
them with your questions, concerns, or comments.
The mission of the SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the
advocacy, leadership, clinical, management skills of school-based
ASHA members at the state level to influence administrative and
public policy decisions that impact the delivery of speech-language
pathology and audiology in school settings.
Current PSHA SEAL: Ellen Estomin firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the MICs network is to enhance and perpetuate the
advocacy, leadership and communication of ASHA members at the state
level to influence administrative and public policy decisions that
impact the Medicare coverage and reimbursement of speech-language
pathology services and audiology services.
Current PSHA SMAC: Joanne Wisely email@example.com
The mission of the STARs network is to advocate at the local level
for consistent coverage and equitable health care reimbursement
by private players for speech-language pathology and audiology services
with legislators, state insurance commissioners, health plans, unions,
The mission of the State Licensing network is to keep informed about
the actions and deliberations of the state licensing boards of speech-language
pathology and audiology in order to promote a heightened awareness
of licensing issues within their states, to report activities to
ASHA, and to ensure that the interests of both the professional
as well as the consumer are protected in state law and regulations.