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27 Jul 2017

Letter from AOTPAC Chairman

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Dear Colleagues and Students:
The issues and the temperature are hot in our nation’s Capital, and our Federal Affairs team is pushing through to advocate for OT. Action on repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain with the rollercoaster ride it is taking in the Senate, and AOTA is right there working to protect Medicaid services and essential health benefits (rehabilitation and habilitation). The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Medicare, including the therapy cap repeal. Look for members of AOTA’s Federal Affairs team in this video.
Fundraising Status
AOTPAC has $115,000 in hand as of mid-July (57 % of our annual goal). Being fully funded is vital to continue our work to protect and promote occupational therapy. That is where your help is needed. Although it is not an election year, your individual contributions are essential for success. Please help fully fund AOTPAC with your contribution today. Thank you to those who have contributed this year, and please consider an additional donation. For those who have not yet contributed, please be as generous as you can. If every AOTA member gave just $10, we would have more than $600,000 (that’s nearly as much as APTA’s PAC raises in a single year). Act now—contribute at www.aota.org/aotpac or mail the enclosed form with your contribution.
Activity in Congress continues on important issues for OT: health care reform is still in play (i.e., the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act), other Medicare policies such as home health, reimbursement for occupational therapy assistants under Tricare, Medicaid, and education are all still being discussed. Help us assure OT will be available to all those who need it, especially our most vulnerable clients, and that critical research and education training funds are available. Help us protect and promote the distinct value of occupational therapy.
Working for You
On June 30, Brenda Koverman, Nancy Richman, and Claudia Cirrincion represented AOTPAC at a local event for Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a champion of occupational therapy. They spoke with her about OT and thanked her for her support.
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(L/R: Brenda Koverman, Nancy Richman, Senator Tammy Duckworth, and Claudia Cirrincion)

We continue to support candidates to provide opportunities for our lobbyists to attend events in Washington, DC, to promote OT. Our current list of candidates supported is posted on the AOTPAC web page. Candidate recommendations are welcome; email us at aotpac@aota.org.
AOTA Centennial Hill Day—the Place to be on September 25!
We need at least one representative from every state/jurisdiction to attend and represent occupational therapy in our 100th year. Currently more than 485 are registered from 37 states and jurisdictions. We are still looking for individuals from AK, HI, IA, ID, KS, KY, MN, MS, MT, ND, OK, OR, SD, & WY. We know you want to be there, so let’s make it happen! Individuals are encouraged to work with their state association and/or student groups to raise funds to help send a representative. Register for Hill Day and get more information on the Hill Day web page. This annual event provides an exceptional opportunity for AOTA members to come together and speak with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Space is limited, so register now. If you absolutely cannot make it to Washington, Virtual Hill Day is a perfect opportunity to participate from the comfort of your own home. Sending emails to your Legislators or calling their offices are perfect ways to show your support for your colleagues if you cannot make it to DC on September 25th. Watch our Hill Day web page for more information.
Legislative Issues
Get the latest on all of the legislative initiatives affecting occupational therapy, with the following resources:
AOTA Legislative Action Center—learn about current issues and write to your members of Congress
Congressional Affairs website more extensive details on the issues
Federal Policy Blog on OT Connections—updates as they become available.
Information is updated as needed, so check back often.
Remember, your participation is the key to occupational therapy’s success on Capitol Hill. Please give generously to AOTPAC today! You can use the attached form or visit our secure web donation page at www.aota.org/aotpac.
Sincerely,Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chair, AOTPAC
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
1-800-SAY-AOTA ext. 2014; aotpac@aota.org
http://www.aota.org/aotpac