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Choice of Provider Bill

NCOTA’s Choice of Provider Bill continues to make progress in the NC Legislature. The House version (HB 208) has been referred to the Committee on Insurance and should be taken up next week. Before referral, NCOTA was able to bring on several sponsors from both sides of the aisle, which will be extremely helpful to move the bill through all necessary steps for passage. 


Action Alert: Protect Children From Losing Vital Healthcare Services in Schools

Last week, a bill was introduced in Washington DC that would dramatically change Medicaid’s structure and impact the ability of students with disabilities and students in poverty to receive many critical health services in schools that enable them to learn.


Did you know that occupational therapists could serve as qualified mental health professionals (QMHP) in NC?


Occupational Therapy Choice of Provider Bill Filed

NCOTA’s Bill to add occupational therapy practitioners to the NC Choice of Provider Bill was filed in the House on 2/28/17! The bill can be found at Stay tuned to the NCOTA website and Facebook pages and/or for updates.

In the meantime, NCOTA would like to thank Representatives Blackwell, Setzer, Murphy, and Hurley for sponsoring HB 208 and being champions for OT and the people that we serve! If you reside in their district, please consider sending them a personal note or call of thanks. Details about their districts and links to their webpages can be found below and at

Rep Hugh Blackwell: District 86 (Burke County)

Rep Mitchell Setzer: District 89 (Catawba County)

Rep Greg Murphy: District 9 (Pitt County)

Rep Pat Hurley: District 70 (Randolph County) 

R. Bradley Myers, MA, OTR/L
Clinical Specialist, Carolina Therapy Services
Political/Legislative Chair, North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association


CMS has published a new proposed rule for providers of prosthetics and orthotics.

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