Advocacy At Work


Learn how to be an advocate for occupational therapy services for everyone in Iowa by watching this video created by our partners at Advocacy Strategies, LLC

Physical Therapy taking steps to allow licensure to cross state lines with Compact Agreement.  Read all about it here.

For those interested in telehealth practice, this could reduce one of the biggest barriers to providing services in underserved geographic locations.

Improve Access to Service for Individuals with Medicaid

We are currently working with the Iowa Speech and Hearing Association and also the Iowa Physical Therapy Association to coordinate our efforts regarding the concerns with the current Medicaid system.  The Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction will have a huge impact on therapies and also individuals needing our services in Iowa.  A meeting was held on June 29th with individuals from the Department of Human Services and all 3 organizations.  We are asking you (and the people you serve) to reach out and help our Governor understand the impact this will have on individuals in Iowa.  During the meeting, we discussed that children under age 18 should be exempt from the MPPR due to the complexity of their health concerns and the need for multiple therapies as they develop.  More information is available here.

IOTA is providing you with a form letter from an OT here or from Parents of Children on Medicaid here

Keep Hill Day Going!  

The Iowa Occupational Therapy Association (with our lobbyists from Advocacy Strategies, LLC) had a great group at the Hill on February 6th talking with many legislators about issues for Iowans needing OT services.  Keep this communication going by reaching out to your legislature and letting them know about issues important to OT.  You can find your legislator here by typing in your full address.  A sample letter can be found here to use to draft your email to your legislator.  


Talk with Legislators: Communicating with your legislators increases their understanding of occupational therapy, ensures they understand issues that impact our profession, and provides support for our profession when IOTA seeks to support or oppose a bill. Please take time to learn who your legislators are and begin to build a partnership with them.

Use Social Media to tell your Advocacy story by connecting on Twitter @IowaOTassoc or on Facebook!   

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