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We Have a Bill Author!

We Have a Bill Author!

Roughly 150 OTs, OTAs and OT Students participated in OT Day at the Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to protecting the OT profession and making it even better!

We're pleased to report that we had exceptional success this year. Senator Joan Ballweg contacted our office, right after her meeting, and offered to author the OT Compact legislation. This is fantastic news! The compact would allow OTs to obtain a "compact license" that makes it easier to practice across state lines. Our thanks to all who participated in OT Day, and to our members who worked hard on this issue.

We also have legislators interested in telehealth parity, requiring insurance companies to pay equally for telehealth appointments. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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DSPS License Update

UPDATE On the DSPS Licensing Study

The Department of Safety and Professional Services released their report, after asking all professions to participate in a licensing survey late last year. 
WOTA organized several ways to protect the OT profession.
  • First, we hosted an OT Day at the Capitol, in which we had a record number of OT/OTA professionals and students visit legislators, and explain the importance of our licenses.
  • Next, we used a wide range of communication tools to engage OTs/OTAs statewide to participate in the survey, and insist that our licenses are crucial for practice. Our reasons include, but are not limited to: reimbursement, ongoing training and protection for patients.
 WOTA achieved significant participation in the survey. It is clear that our organized work made a difference. Members have received our review of the final report.
 If you aren't a member, now is an important time to join us! A united voice protects our profession.
 You may view the DSPS report here.