Hundreds of Occupational Therapy Practitioners Swarm Capitol Hill to End Medicare Therapy Caps
Bethesda, MD—Members of Congress will get plenty of company on Monday, Sept. 19, as occupational therapy practitioners and students from across the nation head to Capitol Hill.
Despite The American Occupational Therapy Association’s success in getting bipartisan therapy cap bills introduced in the House and Senate in June, “lines in the sand” during budget debates will make it more challenging than ever to pass the bills or to continue the exceptions process to ensure access to occupational therapy.
If Congress fails to act and address the caps, an estimated 640,000 plus Medicare beneficiaries would be denied access to rehabilitation services.
To learn more, please visit http://www.aota.org/News/Consumer/Hill-Day-2011.aspx.
The day begins with a briefing from 8:30-10:30 at the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium and Atrium.
Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.