The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The law is intended to improve health care quality and expand coverage to about 31 million uninsured Americans through a combination of cost controls, subsidies, and mandates as well as try to promote new ways of organizing the health care delivery system. AOTA was very active in the legislative process leading up to the passage and signing of ACA, working to achieve victories such as inclusion of rehabilitation and habilitation in the essential benefits package.
Implementation of the law will continue through 2016, and during this time AOTA will closely follow regulatory and other federal agency processes, providing comment and other ensuring that the interests of the occupational therapy profession and our patients are advanced and protected. AOTA has also formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation, composed of volunteer member experts, to help advise the organization on implementation issues relevant to occupational therapy.
This page is a portal to information about what AOTA is doing to promote occupational therapy in health care reform, including information about the work of the Ad Hoc.
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