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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community
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WHEELING — A bill dealing with how occupations are licensed in West Virginia has caused concern this week among some health care professionals, but the legislation’s lead sponsor says parts of the measure were submitted in error.

Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, said all licensed and accredited health care professionals should have been excluded from the provisions set forth in House Bill 2697, known as “The Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act.” The bill’s purpose, as outlined in HB 2697, is to “expand opportunities, promote innovation and increase competition by allowing consumers to make decisions in hiring and contracting with providers of their choice.”

There is a lot of interest in HB2697 and SB492.  The following statement clarifies the position of WVOTA as related to the proposed two bills. 

WVOTA cannot support HB2697 or SB492 and join with our professional colleges in the state of WV to speak in opposition to this  bill.  While HB2697 and SB 492 proposes to reduce barriers for trade and job opportunities, it ignores the long standing consumer protections assured by the hard-earned and well-established licensure laws in the state of West Virginia to understand the urgent and essential role of consumer protection afforded by licensure in the state. 

Hello all WV AOTA members.  It has been my pleasure to represent the therapists of WV in AOTA this year.  The Fall online meeting ended in early November and a lot of business regarding the entry degree level for OT and OTA was discussed.  You can see a summary of the meeting here: at http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/past-meetings.aspx.

Planning as begun for the spring meeting which will be held in New Orleans in April.  The call for motions is active and any motions for consideration by the RA are due by January 2, 2019 by 5:00 p.n. EST. Please feel free to contact me with your motions or ideas about a motion.  You can access the necessary forms and review the process of writing a motion under the RA information heading at https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA.aspx

Our WVOTA Legislative Day will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the State Capitol in Charleston.

Contact Mary Hagar at Diamond004@aol.com or Sarah Black at SVMBlack@yahoo.com by January 1, 2019 if you plan on coming. 

They will coordinate legislative appointments with your representatives and arrange table space as needed the Capitol Rotunda.

This morning the President signed into law a permanent repeal of the cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services. After 20 years of looming threat, the therapy cap will never again put beneficiaries at risk for being denied essential occupational therapy services.

Many of you have seen firsthand the devastating effects that a cap on occupational therapy services can have on the clients we serve. Like some of you, I lost my job when the cap first took effect in 1999. Today, because of you, this policy is no more! Over the years, you have written hundreds of thousands of letters to tell Congress to stop the cap. You have placed thousands of phone calls to tell Congress why occupational therapy is essential for our clients.

PLAN TO ATTEND IN THE FALL!

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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