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A New Congress Means New Bills: A Legislation Recap from the 115th Congress

As the new Congress is sworn in today, we wanted to take a look back at the work of AOTA Federal Affairs in the previous Congress. Here is a list of some of the major legislation that AOTA supported during the 115th Congress (Jan 2017- Jan 2019) and a summary of some of the outcomes. We will be...

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Elections Bring Change to Congress and Create Pathway to Compromise

The elections in November significantly changed the power structure in Washington, DC. Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010 securing a 36 vote majority. Republicans expanding their Senate majority by 6, creating “split” Congress. After this type of...

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Education Funding and the 2018 Election

As an AOTA Federal Lobbyist, much of my job centers on advocating for occupational therapy practitioners working in the public schools. We have heard from you how cuts to education funding have affected hiring and caseloads. With the 2018 mid-term election nearly behind us, let’s look at a few...

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OT Services for Pain Management Included in SUPPORT Act Passed by Congress

On October 3, 2018 the Senate passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioids Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), sending the bill the President Trump to be signed into law. The SUPPORT Act is wide-ranging legislation to address the...

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Congress, the Opioid Epidemic, Pain Management and OT

In 2016 Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This bill was an initial step to help address issues related to drug addiction and treatment with a focus on opioids. Specifically, the bill focused on access to medications to treat opioid overdoses, the development...

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Education Funding Victories in 2019

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees both approved their spending bills for the 2019 fiscal year (FY19), each included spending increases for two Federal education funding sources that will benefit school based occupational therapy practitioners. The first is an increase to the...

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Mental Health Appropriation Successes - FY19

Every year, all federal agencies prepare a budget request they send to the President. These requests include a budget justification, or the “what” and “why” of funding the request. It lays out what programs they want funded, and more importantly, why those programs deserve funding. Because of...

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FAQ on the Medicare Therapy Cap and Repealing the Policy Once and For All

This was originally posted on OT Connections on 2/13/18. Over the years of working on a repeal of the outpatient Medicare therapy cap I have received many questions about the therapy cap, and why its repeal was a priority for AOTA. With the passage of latest Budget bill and the permanent...

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