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OT students attend AOTA’s Hill Day

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This past Monday, five of the second year students had the opportunity to represent the JMU Occupational Therapy Program at AOTA's Hill Day. Hill Day is an annual event held in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill, where hundreds of occupational therapy advocates come together from across the country to drive the profession of forward. 

Our student's began their day at Union Station where they were addressed by AOTA president, Amy Lamb, and Congress affiliates to debrief on key issues and legislation related to the profession. Three legislative issues were the main focus of the day: 

  • Permanently repealing the cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services (H.R. 807/S. 253)
  • The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2017 (S.977)
  • Requesting Full Funding for the Health Workforce Training Programs (HRSA Title VII and Title VIII Programs)

After the debrief the students made their way over to The Hill for their meeting with Representative Gerry Connonly of the 11th District in Virginia. Students spoke directly to Rep. Connonly's legislative assistant for healthcare policy to highlight the role and importance of  OT to US healthcare delivery and why the presented legislative issues were pertinent to the well-being of the profession and client's alike. 

This past Monday was not only a busy day for OT advocates on The Hill, The Senate was also voting on the latest Graham-Kassidy Repeal and Replace Bill that afternoon. 

Our students described their experience as educational, rewarding, an incredible way to advocate for their future profession.

Photo credit Jeanne Rossi
Article credit Bailee Hubert

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