Hill Day


How to Participate in Virtual Capitol Hill Day

Over the next few days, you can raise your voice about federal policies impacting the delivery of hand and upper extremity therapy services by taking part in ASHT's Virtual Capitol Hill Day! 

Below, are the legislative issues ASHT is supporting. You will find action briefs to provide you with more context on the issues. Additional resources include pre-written letters, phone scripts and social media posts to send to your legislators. You can use these items to write your own messages to your legislators or to edit one of the letters prepared for you.  

Legislative Issues

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY2020 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on August 14th. The rule proposes revisions to payment policies that could have a direct impact on hand therapists' reimbursement, documentation requirements, and use of occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants. Download Action Brief

Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Process
While Congress took action to avoid a government shutdown, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have until November 21st to reach an agreement on a long-term spending plan for fiscal year 2020 before the current continuing resolution expires. Download Action Brief

Support Allied Health Workforce Development and Diversity
The Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781) seeks to expand access to care in underserved areas by supporting workforce development for professions like occupational and physical therapy. Download Action Brief

Take Action Now! 
Contact your legislators on one or all of these legislative issues. Visit the ASHT Legislative Action Center - the all in one easy-to-use tool that allows your voice to be heard.  

Download instructions on how to access the Legislative Action Center