Advocacy Update

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a Medicaid managed care concept paper, “Prepaid Health Plan Network Adequacy and Accessibility Standards.”  These standards consider the perspectives of beneficiaries, plans and providers on what each defines as an “adequate and accessible” network. 




The proposed network does not currently list occupational therapists.  Please take a moment to advocate for the inclusion of occupational therapists Appendix B of the document: Providers Subject to Specialty Care Access Standards section.  Comments are welcome and encouraged, and can be emailed to through March 29, 2018. For more information about Medicaid transformation efforts, including links to previously released concept papers, visit the Medicaid Transformation website.





AOTA's Message Regarding OTA Payment Changes in Budget Bill

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Our advocacy is working!


On February 9, 2018, the president signed into law a bill that repeals the cap on Medicare part B outpatient therapy services; this has been 20 years in waiting! This therapy cap created significant barriers for our client’s with chronic, long-term conditions and clients that required ongoing services.  This cap previously caused many of our clients financial hardships for paying out of pocket after meeting their cap or if they could not afford services possibly permanent and debilitating injuries. We can now treat based on Medical Necessity!


 AOTA President, Amy Lamb issues a public statement: