The MAC Legislative Committee is preparing for an active legislative session. There has been significant change in the legislative landscape in Lansing and we are working with our lobbyist Bob DeVries to set an aggressive legislative agenda for the next session. According to our recent membership survey, our lobbyist and legislative agenda remain a top priority for the majority of membership with 76% of respondents indicating they would like MAC to continue our lobbyist contract. Goals for this session will focus on:
- Universal cytomegalovirus (CMV) screening for all infants born in Michigan
- Continued efforts to improve policy maker understanding of hearing health care and recognition of audiologists as the experts in hearing health care
- A second MAC Advocacy Day with arranged meetings for audiologists and their representatives 10/18/2023 just prior to the annual MAC conference
- Continued efforts for the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)
Join the MILAN (Michigan Legislative Advocacy Network)
We are looking for advocates from around the state to be ready to act when needed. Legislators need help understanding what hearing health care is and how our patients may be impacted by various policies. We are asking for audiologists from about the state to join the MILAN and be ready and willing to contact legislators as needed. This may include scheduling a meeting, emailing, or calling your representatives. The Legislative Committee will provide training and guidance on what to do whenever a relevant legislative issue arises. Ideally we will have representation from every district to be able to contact their representative and senator whenever MAC needs to get the word out about our support or opposition on a particular issue. All are welcome to serve as advocates though we are in particular need for representation from the more rural areas of Michigan.