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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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Appeals Court Decision on ACA Leaves Law’s Future Unclear

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and sent the case, Texas v. United States , back to a lower court for a more detailed analysis of what parts of the law should remain valid in the mandate’s absence. This action prolongs the...

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ACA Update: Five Things to Know About Where the Law Stands As Open Enrollment Begins

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance Marketplaces lasts from November 1 to December 15 in most states. As the seventh ACA open enrollment commences and the law’s 10 th anniversary approaches, here are five things to know about it now: The Texas Case: A decision...

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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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The Texas Judge's Decision on the ACA: The Health Reform Law is Challenged Again

The headlines on Friday evening blared the news: “Texas Judge Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act.” In Texas v. Azar , a federal judge ruled that when Congress reduced the tax penalty for being uninsured to $0 it made the entire ACA unconstitutional. This didn’t mean that the many programs and...

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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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