HR 626

Hello Older Adult Section!

How can you influence federal legislation and regulation to positively impact consumers and the practice of RT?

Track HR 626 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/626/amendments?r=76

Join  an  advocacy force for the long term and post-acute care profession. AHCA is dedicated to giving care providers the information they need to advocate both on Capitol Hill and in their statehouses.  With our tools, resources and how-to guides, it’s easy speak out, stay informed and take action on issues affecting long term and post-acute care.    https://www.ahcancal.org/advocacy/Pages/default.aspx

2017 Public Policy Priorities

  1. Monitor legislative action on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  2. Monitor potential action on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  3. Reintroduce the Inpatient Rehabilitation Act directing CMS to acknowledge recreational therapy within inpatient rehabilitation settings
  4. Develop and implement a Legislative Summit in Washington DC for ATRA members
  5. Expand partnerships and collaborative relationships with national organizations
  6. Monitor federal legislation in skilled nursing, behavioral health, community, inpatient rehabilitation, veteran services, and schools

Keep up to date one ATRAs Public Policy Page: https://www.atraonline.com/policy/federal-public-policy

Some easy Do’s and Don’ts:

 Don’t share talking points sheet with representatives

  • Don’t make things up
  • Do share stories
  • Do turn off cell phone
  • Do follow up regarding any additional information requested
  • Do send thank you email

Melissa Long, CTRS, DPG
Older Adult Section Co-Chair

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