Events and Resources
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 e-mail 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.
The NJSHA offer a free Advocacy Webinar – Trenton 101: Effective Advocacy for Speech and Hearing Professionals
Visit our Webinar page in the Continuing Education Section.
New Jersey Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Students Participate in Advocacy Activities
Twelve students from six New Jersey programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology were selected to participate in Student Advocacy Day in Trenton on March 5, 2020. This event was organized by NJSHA’s Higher Education Committee and funded by a grant from ASHA. The group of students included undergraduates, SLP master’s degree candidates, and AuD candidates. Dr. Kristen Victorino of William Paterson University and Dr. Natalie Neubauer of Seton Hall University (chair and vice-chair of the committee) accompanied the students.
Faculty advisors from each program first met with students to discuss advocacy at the state and national levels, and students watched the NJSHA webinar Trenton 101 to learn about the legislative process in our state. During their time in Trenton, students met with NJSHA’s lobbyists, who talked to students about how engagement with the legislative process will help them to advocate for their future professions and the clients and patients they will serve. Students sat in on Higher Education and Healthcare Committee meetings, met and spoke with state assemblypersons in the State House. They heard about NJSHA’s past advocacy successes and learned about a bill that is moving through the legislative process and may soon be up for a vote. Bill A856 proposes expansion of Medicaid coverage regarding assistive devices for hearing impaired individuals under certain circumstances.
Student Advocacy Day was an excellent opportunity to learn about and experience civic engagement, which students can share with their respective NSSLHA chapters and use to lead future advocacy efforts.