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Erica Bennett, AuD, PhD
President, Michigan Audiology Coalition

It has been an exciting year for the Michigan Audiology Coalition! Due to the collective voice and generosity of the membership we raised enough funds for the board to approve a one-year contract with our lobbyist, Bob Devries. Since then, our legislative committee has been busy including in person meetings with Michigan House and Senate leadership regarding the Audiology & Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC), allowing audiologists to transfer licensure across participating states. Progress on this compact is currently ongoing with a top LARA administrator reviewing language of the proposed bill. In addition, we have had ongoing communication with the Michigan department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) encouraging Michigan Medicaid reimbursement for tele-audiology reimbursement, specifically for hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Although COVID-19 has drastically changed our everyday environment, MAC has been working on new and creative ways to keep in touch with our members, such as virtual mug clubs. Additionally, we have invested in improving our social media presence which has proven to increase traffic to practice listings on the MAC website. We have increased consumer awareness of who we are as professionals to allow for better communication to our patients.

Now is the time for MAC to form a united group to help promote the future of our profession. We need all members to take active roles in order for our membership to leave a lasting impact for our profession. Our members have been very generous with donations towards our lobbyist but we need that to continue in order to support our agenda for the years to come. In addition, or in lieu of financial donations, assistance on one of our many committees would be greatly appreciated. I truly believe in our organization and our members and look forward to pulling together to make this our best year of MAC yet. If you have any suggestions for MAC as an organization or agenda items for our lobbyist, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Erica Bennett, AuD, PhD
President, Michigan Audiology Coalition