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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community

AOTA has been closely tracking a bill in Congress, the “America Health Care Act”, that is meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We have been concerned with provisions in the bill that would restructure Medicaid payment to states. However, new language being added to the bill today, would potentially do away with mandated Medicaid benefits such as those guaranteed to children under Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment benefit (EPSDT). We are deeply concerned about these changes that will most likely be incorporated into the bill before it is voted on by the House tomorrow.

We are asking everyone to call their House of Delegate person and request that occupational therapy be included in SB 273 as one of the treatment alternatives. There is so much we can do to help reduce opioid abuse.

These Delegates are on the Health and Human Resource Committee that the House Bill is in. Ellington,Summers,Longstreth,Pushkin,Atkinson,Bates, Butler,Campbell,Cooper, Criss,Dean,Fleischauer,Frich,Hill,Hollen,Householder,Iaquinta,Love,Queen,Robinson,Rodighiero, Rohrbach, Rowan,Sobonya and White.

Please be sure to come to the capital for legislative day TOMORROW Tuesday Feb 13th.

We will be in the main rotunda!!!! Come and support Occupational Therapy and participate to help explain what the OT profession is and how beneficial we are for the state of West Virginia!!!!

As you know, last Friday Congress passed a $1.4 trillion budget package to keep the federal government running, increase spending on defense and domestic priorities, and extend multiple health and human services programs. Among these multiple provisions was a permanent fix to the hard cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services that had once again gone into place on January 1, 2018.

Medicare beneficiaries are now subject to the cap on rehab therapy services. With no exceptions process in place, there is a $2,010 cap on occupational therapy (OT) services and another $2,010 cap on both speech-language pathology (SLP) and physical therapy (PT) services combined for the calendar year.

While NASL had hoped that the bipartisan efforts of the House Ways and Means Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senate Finance Committee would have permanently ended these arbitrary limits on beneficiary access to necessary PT, OT, and SLP services, Congress failed to act in December to repeal the cap - or even to extend the exceptions process, which expired on December 31, 2017.

NASL and our colleagues in the Therapy Cap Coalition sent a letter this week imploring Congress to act to repeal the cap by January 19th when the current Continuing Resolution expires - or at least to put the exceptions process back in place until Congress can reach an agreement on the policy moving forward. We need YOU to contact your Representatives again and to tell Congressional leadership to repeal the therapy cap before January 19th - and BEFORE Medicare beneficiaries begin reaching the therapy cap limits.



The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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