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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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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. 

HB2697 exempts (exclusively)  MDs, RNs, LPN, Dentists, and Pharmacists. If allowed to pass, HB2697 would deny consumer protection from the following practitioners: radiation therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, social workers, speech therapists, and practitioners of veterinary medicine (to name a few).  WVOTA has been in communication with AOTA for guidance as well as other professional associations in the state who join us in opposition to these two bills. 

This bill is sponsored in the house by Gary Howell (District 56, Mineral County) gary.howell@wvhouse.gov Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3192.  The same bill has just been introduced in the senate by (SB492) by Mark Maynard (mark.maynard@wvsenate.gov).   WVOTA has been in touch with the legislators’ offices to express opposition to this bill.  WVOTA is your voice of advocacy in the state but each of your voices are what makes the difference. WVOTA encourages occupational therapy practitioners in the state of WV to call their representative and speak in opposition of this bill.   WVOTA is continuing to monitor this bill and will keep members informed.  

Thank you for your membership and your continued support of WVOTA in behalf of your practice in the state of West Virginia. Please consider joining us for the 2019 State Hill Day February 12, 2019.  We look forward to seeing a strong showing from WVOTA members in Charleston!  If you plan to come and or need more information, please contact the Legislative committee chair Mary Hagar (diamond004@aol.com) or Sarah Black (svmblack@yahoo.com)

Legislative Committee:
Mary Hagar & Sarah Black  (Co-chairs)
Coty Dennler

Jackie Hurt, Vice President
Rondalyn Whitney, President

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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