WVOTA News

We  wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to those who have made calls to your legislative representatives..... THEY ARE HEARING US and we need to continue to be aware of the next steps of this process...

I went to the capital this morning and have been in communication with Mary Hager (WVOTA legislative chair) daily. I met with various delegates and senators and the secretaries have said, "oh yes, we have been getting calls" SO AGAIN A BIG THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!...

Please take this time as an OT/ OTA professional to assist with increased opportunities for Occupational Therapists to work within the mental health settings, drug rehab facilities and pain clinics.

SB 273 (Opioid Reduction Bill) will be discussed in the House Health and Human Resource Committee and House Judiciary Committee this week. Please contact the Judiciary Committee members NOW by email or leave a voicemail asking them to include occupational therapy in SB 273 (Opioid Reduction Bill). Also leave your name and phone number.

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.

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!

Connect with WVOTA

WVOTA and National School Backpack Awareness Day
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.
Repeal of cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.
Fleischauer And Summers Receive Awards For Work On Opioid Abuse Solutions
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.