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.
An example of NCOTA advocacy efforts is House Bill 683 "An Act to Ensure That Patients Have the Right to Choose Their Occupational Therapist Under Their Health Benefits Plans".  HB 683 was introduced by Rep. Avila, Rep. Blackwell, Rep. Hurley, and Rep. Holley in 2015.  The bill was also sponsored by Rep. Adcock, Rep. Cunningham, and Rep. Setzer.  HB 683 was introduced because occupational therapists are not specifically listed in the current North Carolina choice of provider statute.  Though the bill successfully passed the House, it did not pass the Senate during the 2015-2016 biennium.  NCOTA will continue to support efforts, like HB 683, that strengthen the occupational therapy profession in North Carolina and give patients flexibility in their care.  
If you are interested in becoming more engaged in NCOTA advocacy efforts, please let us know.  Please also join us for the NCOTA Advocacy Day at the North Carolina General Assembly.  Information on the 2017 Advocacy Day date and details is coming soon!  
Helpful Advocacy Resources:
Key Interim Committee Websites
Executive Branch