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Prior Legislative Successes
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Legislation from previous years:

OT/OTA education requirements
A.9371 by Assembly member Gunther and S.7226 by Senator LaValle amends the occupational therapy practice act regarding the education requirements for a license as an occupational therapist and an occupational therapy assistant. The proposed changes will allow the state education department the flexibility to grant an occupational therapist license to an applicant with a degree greater than a Masters, and an occupational therapy assistant license to an applicant with a degree greater than an Associates. A.9371 passed in the Assembly May 18th and S.7226 passed in the Senate. The legislation was signed by Governor Cuomo on July 21st and is now Chapter 124 of the laws of 2016 in NY.

OTA licensing bill
S.1567 was passed by both the Senate and the Assembly and signed by the Governor November 20, 2015. The bill went into effect May18th 2016. In addition to being licensed, the new law also requires that at least one occupational therapy assistant serve on the state board for occupational therapy. New York became the 50th state to license occupational therapy assistants. S.1567 was sponsored by Senator LaValle, co-sponsored by Senator Marchione. A.1798 was sponsored by Assembly member Aileen Gunther, with co-sponsors Assembly members Steck, Clark, Simanowitz, Weprin, Colton, Crouch, Curran, Benedetto, and multisponsors Assembly members Cook, McDonald, Rivera, Walter.

Telehealth Parity for Occupational and Physical Therapy

A.7488 by Assembly member Gottfried, and S.5733 by Senator Young, passed the Assembly and the Senate and was signed by the Governor on November 20, 2015. This legislation amends section 2999-cc of the Public Health Law, to include occupational and physical therapists within the definition of telehealth providers. The law requires insurance and Medicaid plans that cover services to also cover those services when they are provided through telehealth methods.
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