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Advocacy Success!

We are thrilled to announce that House Bill 208 Occupational Therapy/Choice of Provider passed the Senate today with a unanimous vote!  It will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.  NCOTA expresses our sincere gratitude to the outstanding House sponsors Rep. Hugh Blackwell, Rep. Gregory Murphy, Rep. Mitchell Setzer and Rep. Pat Hurley.  We also thank the sponsors of the Senate companion bill Sen. Paul Newton and Sen. Joyce Krawiec.   

Ashley Perkinson, NCOTA Lobbyist 

Thank you Ashley!


A special thanks goes to Representative Hugh Blackwell who presented the bill to the full House and received a strong vote of 115 to 3. Thank you Representative Blackwell!






And to Senator Paul Newton who presented the bill to the full Senate and received a vote of 47 to 0.  Thank you Senator Newton!



Advocacy Spotlight - Champions for Occupational Therapy

The 2017-2018 Session has been very active and positive for occupational therapy.  We would like to highlight the efforts of the Senators and Representatives who support OT, as well as encourage your own advocacy efforts for the profession and the clients we serve.


The State Affairs Group is responsible for all of AOTA's state legislative and regulatory activities. 

This department monitors and provides analysis of proposed legislation and regulations affecting occupational therapy in the states, conducts outreach, and provides assistance to state occupational therapy associations on key state issues such as professional regulation and scope of practice. 

Occupational Therapy Included in House Version of Mental Health Reform Legislation 


Advocacy Update September 2016
Getting ready for a busy 2017 Session
As an occupational therapist, you advocate on behalf of your clients on a daily basis.  NCOTA is here to advocate for you and the individuals you serve at the North Carolina General Assembly.  NCOTA monitors health policy discussions and proposed legislation at the North Carolina General Assembly during the legislative session and also during the legislative interim. Before the General Assembly convenes for its 2017 long session in January, we will update NCOTA members on discussions and recommendations by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services.  We will also update members on news related to recent Medicaid reform efforts in North Carolina.  
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