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Advocacy Tips for Calling Your State Legislators
To find your state legislator’s phone number, you may use our searchable online directory or call your state’s switchboard at and ask for your Senator and/ or Representative’s office. When you call, if you speak with someone other than your legislator, take down their name and title. Upon reaching your state legislator on the phone, it’s easiest to follow these four basic steps:
- IDENTIFY yourself by name and the organization (if any) that you represent or the town from which you are calling.
- EXPLAIN why you are calling: “I am calling to support/oppose House Bill: HB ##, Senate Bill: SB## “. Be polite and concise. Creating 1 or 2 talking points will focus the content of your message. Too much information may confuse your message. Ask your legislator his/her position on this issue. Don’t assume that your legislator has prior knowledge of your issue. Be calm, respectful, and be prepared to educate, using local examples to accentuate your point.
- REQUEST a written response to your phone call if you did not speak to your legislative member. If the legislator requires further information, provide it as soon as possible.
- THANK the person who took the phone call for their time and consideration.
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ASHA’s New Jersey State Advocate for Medical Policy (STAMP)
The mission of the State Advocates for Medicare Policy (StAMP) 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 Medicare coverage and reimbursement of audiology and speech-language pathology services.
The New Jersey StAMP is appointed by the NJSHA President. There are up to two StAMP representatives per state. The StAMP representative is responsible for establishing or enhancing effective links to medical directors, consultants and key personnel with:
- Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) and regional office officials
- State health agencies (certified Medicare facilities)
- Consumer groups and other related professionals
The StAMPs representatives along with ASHA hold monthly conference calls, discussion groups and periodic in-person meetings. The New Jersey StAMP reports information to the NJSHA Board of Directors, the Healthcare Committee, during the Healthcare Update at the Annual NJSHA Convention and VOICES. The StAMP representative may also respond to questions from NJSHA members as well as the public.
ASHA’s New Jersey State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR)
The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable private insurance and Medicaid reimbursement rates. A New Jersey STAR is appointed by the NJSHA President. There are up to two STARs per state.
The STARs form a true network. They link states together with ASHA through monthly conference calls, a STARs-only email discussion group and periodic meetings in person. STARs focus on key decision-makers in private corporations, public agencies and the local legislature, e.g., healthcare insurance executives, benefits administrators, state insurance department officials and state congress members.
The New Jersey STAR reports information to the NJSHA Board of Directors, the Healthcare Committee, during the Healthcare Update at the Annual NJSHA Convention and VOICES. The STAR representative may also respond to questions from NJSHA members as well as the public.
ASHA’s New Jersey State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL)
State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language-hearing associations to advocate on education issues. These issues may include caseload/workload, salary supplements and maintenance of personnel standards in school settings. SEALs can be speech-language pathologists or audiologists. The SEALs were established in 1999 under ASHA’s Priorities. The mission of 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.
The New Jersey SEAL is appointed by the NJSHA President. The SEAL representatives along with ASHA hold monthly phone calls, discussion groups and periodic in-person meetings. The New Jersey SEAL reports information to the NJSHA Board of Directors, the School Affairs Committee, during the School Affairs Update at the Annual NJSHA Convention and in VOICES. The SEAL representative attends the SEAL Meetings at the ASHA Connect Conference (July) or ASHA Annual Convention (November). The SEAL representative may also respond to questions from NJSHA members as well as the public.
Student Advocacy Day 2021
Each year, lobbyists from Porzio Governmental Affairs with the support of NJSHA’s Higher Education and Student Involvement committees conduct a Student Advocacy Day for students in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Programs at colleges and universities across New Jersey. They work to educate the students on the Legislative Process and (in non-COVID times) bring students to the Statehouse to observe committee hearings, have meetings with Legislators and learn the “ins-and-outs” of lobbying, and more importantly, how the students themselves can be effective advocates. They select a policy issue or piece of legislation much like the ones listed on this page, and develop a strategy for the students to engage in the legislative process and help accomplish an important policy change that will impact them in their professions either as service providers or help improve things for their patients/clients.
This year’s Advocacy Day will happen remotely, but will still provide important information and give the students a piece of legislation which they can hopefully help get across the finish line and through the legislative process. We also hope to include a legislator/lawmaker on our virtual call so students develop a better understanding by asking questions and getting answers straight from the source!
This year’s Advocacy Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2021. Learn more and register today!