Rep. Boustany introduced our bill to permanently repeal the Medicare Therapy Cap in the House. Read more.
Considering an occupational therapy career? Get your questions answered, learn about OTs and OTAs, & find admissions criteria.
AOTA members can access all articles in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy and Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Our childhood obesity tip sheet (now also available in Spanish) has suggestions for families to become more healthy—while having fun.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to simply as the ACA or Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The ACA is intended to expand access to health insurance coverage for millions of uninsured Americans by expanding eligibility for Medicaid and developing health insurance marketplaces where uninsured persons may be eligible for subsidies to make private health plans more affordable. While expanding access to health insurance is a big part of the ACA, there are many other purposes of the law, including provisions intended to reform the health care delivery system to produce better patient outcomes at lower cost.
AOTA was very active in the legislative process leading up to the passage and signing of the ACA, working to achieve victories such as inclusion of rehabilitation and habilitation in the essential health benefits package. AOTA has also been monitoring the regulatory process at the federal and state levels as the ACA has been implemented, and has been advocating for occupational therapy practitioners and consumers. The dynamic environment created by health care reform creates opportunities, but vigilant monitoring of implementation activities and carefully executed advocacy efforts are necessary to ensure occupational therapy is valued and protected in the future.
Proposals to Define Habilitative Services: Health Care Reform Update
AOTA Analysis: Gaps in Health Reform Coverage for Rehab & Hab Services and Insufficient Consumer Benefits Info
CMS Seeks Ideas on Increasing Engagement With Social and Behavioral Insights [Blog]
Number of ACOs exceeds 500 - April 2014 report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman
Partnership between AOTA and CO state association brings advocacy success!