Write A Letter: Ask Congress to Support the SMART Act and Three Policies That Will Protect OTAs
The “Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act” or SMART Act (H.R. 5536) was introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would pause and then mitigate the impact of a 15% cut to Medicare Part B services provided by occupational therapy assistants, which began on January 2022. These cuts may leave many seniors—especially those in underserved and rural areas—with less access to critical occupational therapy services.
We need you to write to your members of Congress and ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5536 and ask your Senators to support similar policies that will reduce the impact of this cut on beneficiary access to therapy services. While Congress has told us they will not repeal this payment differential, they can take steps to reduce the impact including pausing the change until 2023, permanently removing overly restrictive Medicare supervision requirements for private practice and bringing them into alignment with state requirements, and exempting rural and underserved areas from these payment changes.
Please write to your elected officials today and ask them to help preserve access to crucial occupational therapy services.