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Dear Rep./Sen. ______________,
I hope this email finds you well.  I am a speech-language pathologist in your district and am reaching out today to request your support for increased Medicaid rates for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in North Carolina.  Medicaid rates for SLPs have not increased since 2003 and were even cut during the 2008 recession.  With increased inflation and workforce pressures, the need for Medicaid rate increases for speech-language pathologists is more essential than ever.  
SLPs provide early diagnosis and therapy to individuals across a lifespan, from children with voice, language or swallowing disorders to adults who have suffered strokes or other debilitating illnesses.  
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 7.7% of American children have a voice, language, or swallowing disorder.  SLPs who work with children in need of speech-language therapy often set those children on a path of success where they can reach their full potential.  
Insert details about your specific work with individuals as an SLP in the legislator's district.  
Insert details on how the low Medicaid rates for SLPs have impacted your practice and the individuals you serve.  
Please let me know if you have time to meet to discuss this request for increased Medicaid rates for SLPs in North Carolina.  I am available to meet in the district or via phone or Zoom.  
Thank you for your public service and leadership.  I look forward to hearing from you.
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This bill was heard in the House Reg Reform Committee on May 31, 2023:
HB 125 - Part III contains a section on "Over the Counter Hearing Aid Modifications."