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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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Not Much Time To Protect Those With Disabilities

This article was originally posted on OT Connections on February 13 th , 2018. It has been updated with new information by our policy staff. In February of 2018, HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 passed the House. With only a few weeks left in Congress, there is new momentum to...

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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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ACA Open Enrollment Season Is Underway

ACA open enrollment season is underway. November 1 is the kickoff date in most states for a six week period for enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). California’s signup period started on October 15 and runs through January 15. Washington, DC and New York also...

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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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Short-Term Plans Don’t Have to Include OT, But These States Are Restricting Them

The new federal regulation loosening restrictions around short-term health plans could mean more consumers signing up for insurance plans with little or no coverage for occupational therapy – and not always understanding what their coverage lacks until it’s too late. Starting in October,...

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