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State Hill Day February 12, 2019 was a big success. Students and WVOTA members to be introduced in the Senate Chamber by Senator Boso and later introduced in the House.

Talking points included explaining what occupational therapy is and HB 2697 and SB. 492. Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act, explaining that we are opposed to this bill unless an amendment is brought forward to include occupational therapy as one of the exempted health care professions.  This bill was killed in committee!  


Twenty OTA Students from U Charleston-Beckley were able to speak to several legislators including: Senator Stephen Baldwin, Senator Palumbo, Senator Tom Takubo and Senator Chandler Swope.  MOT students and faculty from WVU met with Delegates Walker, Hansen, Puskin, Fleischauer, and Lovejoy. Together, occupational therapy practitioners filled the galleries and spoke to many people who visited our informational tables on the senate and house sides. Practitioners met with Senator Mike Azinger, Delegate Cline.  

Members of the legislative committee met with WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to thank him for his support of Occupational Therapy in the prevention and treatment with opioids.  Other members were invited by Delegate Fleischauer to attend the Health and Human Services session. They provided her with supporting information about OTs role in pain management that was used for HB 2697 reauthorization.  An informal meeting with the Secretary for DHHR advanced the discussion about the current billing codes for ADLs and cognition in WV OT practice.  The DHHR has since responded and WVOTA’s task force chair has begun to review the information and respond.  This level of dialogue is encouraging and members are encourage to let us know if they are interested in this issue. We will update this section of the website as new information is available.  

On the national legislative arena,Rep. McKinley from Northern WV has reintroduced a bill to the Home Health Flexibility Act that would enable OTs to open Medicare home health therapy cases.  AOTA is continuing to monitor this bill. 

WVOTA continues to monitor pending bills in the WV Legislature that might affect occupational therapy in this state. The last day of the 2019 session is Saturday March 9.

Submitted by Mary Hager, Sarah Black and Rondalyn Whitney


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