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OTA Workers Comp Bill Reported Out of Senate!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019  
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Legislative Update

Thank you to everyone who called Senator Jessica Ramos about the OTA Workers Comp Bill.

S.3969-A, sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy, was reported out of the Senate Labor Committee and sent directly to the Senate calendar! The vote was unanimous in favor of the bill. Memos of support from NYSOTA and NYPTA were mentioned at the meeting.

S.3969-A amends the workers comp laws in New York and requires insurance companies to cover OT and PT services provided to injured workers when the services are provided by an occupational therapy assistant or a physical therapist assistant.

Prior to today's great news, this legislation had been passed by the Assembly twice but had never moved in the Senate. Thank you for coming together to move it forward.


Additional Legislative News
NYSOTA also supports A.2393, a bill that provides for a system to allow providers to collectively negotiate payment rates with health insurance plans. While the bill has a very limited scope of who is allowed to negotiate these rates, it is a very important step forward in reforming insurance coverage in the state. Currently, antitrust laws prohibit health care providers from joining together in a collective effort to negotiate insurance payment rates. Occupational therapy practitioners frequently site low insurance payment rates as one of the leading barriers to operating a private practice.

The Codes Committee Chair is Assembly member Joseph Lentol (518) 455-4477.



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