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AOTA’s Efforts to Support Frontline Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Congress has been busy on the fourth COVID-19 response package, which has begun to take shape in the past few weeks. There have been 493 bills introduced in the 116th Congress regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all of which address different issues and present possible solutions. In times like...

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COVID-19 Federal Affairs Live Blog

AOTA Federal Affairs has decided to try an experiment in blogging – we will be doing quick updates on what we are seeing, hearing and working on with Congress, on your behalf, so you can see the latest news as we get it. Comments on this live blog are turned off Posted 3-27-20 3:45pm AOTA's...

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An Insider's Guide to AOTA Congressional Activities in 2019: Part 1

Insider's Guide Part 1: Medicare The year 2019 has been a contentious one in politics. Despite the fact that very few bills have been signed into law, there has been Congressional activity, some public and some behind the scenes.This activity will eventually shape laws and policies that will...

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Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act Senate Introduction

Just two days after the House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 2781 , which included the full language for the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (H.R. 3637), the Senate is moving to do the same. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 2747. This bill...

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Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act Passes the House

On Monday, October 28 th , the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R 2781, the EMPOWER for Health Act. Included in this bill was the language from the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act, H.R. 3637. House passage is one of the major hurdles that a bill much clear before...

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Introduction of the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019!

*UPDATE* On July 11th the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health met, and unanimously approved an amendment, which added the language from the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019 to to HR 2781. AOTA volunteer and policy staff’s hard work resulted in introduction of the...

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Diversity and the Occupational Therapy Profession: New Legislative Project to Create a Diverse Workforce

AOTA’s Federal Affairs team is working with Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois to introduce new legislation in Congress to help create a more diverse occupational therapy workforce. The legislation would create a new workforce diversity program that would be administered by the Health Resources...

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Federal Budget Process - What it Really Means

Last month the president released the federal budget for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20), which starts on October 1 st , 2019. The president’s budget is almost entirely a political document. The proposed funding levels for different agencies and programs are the mechanism by which the administration...


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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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