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Advocacy Day 2016
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General Information


Join NYSOTA for our annual Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 7.

Each year NYSOTA furthers our legislative efforts by making our presence known and reaching out and working with key legislators on topics that affect OT practice in New York State.Last year over 200 practitioners, supporters and students participated in Advocacy Day.

Advocacy Day will begin at 10:00AM in Meeting Room 7 with a presentation from NYSOTA's Legislative & Governmental Relations Chair, Jeff Tomlinson. The presentation times are as follows based on those who pre-regsitered:

Mercy College 35 9:00 AM
Sage College 40 9:00 AM
Ithaca College 52 9:00 AM

SUNY Downstate 25 10:00 AM 
NYSBOTC 4 10:00 AM
D'Youville College 42 10:00 AM
Nazareth College SOTA Club 25 10:00 AM 
Bryant and Stratton College  Rochester 10 10:00 AM
Touro 25  10:00AM

Stonybrook 60 11:00 AM
University at Buffalo 50 11:00 AM

Jeff will provide participants with highlights of the current budget, our legislative efforts and focus, and other information to help inform and prepare participants to speak with their elected officials.

Lunch will not be provided but there are several local eateries within walking distance of the LOB.


There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you RSVP so we know how many people we should plan for.You may RSVP HERE.

Transportation & Parking

Schools or large groups who will be arriving via bus will need to drop participants off and move to the OGS parking lot on McCarty Avenue.

There is no bus parking at the Empire State Plaza. The McCarty Avenue Lot, off Thruway Exit 23, reserves parking for buses dropping off groups at the Empire State Plaza. Bus parking is free of charge; reservations are not required.

Parking information for other participants can be found on the OGS website HERE.

Making Appointments

Participants should plan to make their own appointments with their elected representatives.

You can find your representative HERE.

Talking points and NYSOTA's position statements will be posted online prior to Advocacy Day. A limited number of folders containing this information will be provided for those who have secured appointments with their elected representatives.

  • Please contact Jeff Tomlinson and NYSOTA with your appointment information and

  • Meetings should be scheduled after 11:30 AM to ensure all participants are present for the legislative presentation in the morning.

  • Please keep your groups to 5 or fewer participants, representative's offices cannot accommodate large groups.

Printed Materials

There will be a limited number of printed talking points and memorandums available onsite. To be sure you have the information you need, please consider printing the talking points and memos in advance. 

Below are the memorandums and talking points for this year's advocacy day. We are unable to provide copies at the event so please be sure to print them beforehand.


Memorandum of Opposition- Early Intervention

Talking Points- Early Intervention

Memorandum of Support- Coordinated Health Care Systems

Talking Points-Coordinated Health Care Systems

Memorandum of Support- Worker's Comp

Talking Points- Worker's Comp

Memorandum of Support- Education Requirements

Talking Points- Education Requirements

Memorandum of Support- Insurance Reform

Talking Points- Insurance Reform

Issues this session:

We have three items left over from last year;

First, bills that would amend the Workers Comp law and require insurance coverage for OT services when the services are provided by an OTA, S.3964
by Senator Savino and
A.1670 by Assembly member Zebrowski.

Second, early intervention work, last year we tried 2 things, an amendment to the proposed state budget to raise the reimbursement rate for therapy services, that failed. Second, we tried a bill changing the reporting requirements for the department of health, requiring DOH to release more details on the EI program, A.7554 by Assembly member Jaffee and S5497 by Senator Serino. This legislation was passed by the legislature but vetoed by the Governor. So now we have to talk to our EI coalition about what to do next year. I have been trying to get a hold of the PTs and speech therapists to plan a meeting and strategy for this year. But they may want to wait until after the Governor's budget proposal comes out.

Our third item is legislation that amends the business law and allows most health professionals to form limited liability companies with each other and with physicians, S 5862 by Senator LaValle and A 8153 by Assembly member Peoples-Stokes. This legislation has drawn some attention this fall, the Health Care Reform Regulatory Impact Subcommittee on Business Laws and Corporate Practice of Medicine looked at our bill and recommended to the Governor changing the PLLC law to remove the physician restriction. MSSNY has submitted a letter to Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director & Deputy Commissioner, opposing the recommendation.

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