Urgent Legislative Matters!

URTA members – we have two urgent legislative matters that need your attention!

1.) On 2/15/2018 The US House of Representatives voted on HR 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”. The bill is now in the US Senate. There is significant concern among disability groups about this bill because it shifts the responsibility of accessibility compliance on to people with disabilities. HR 620 eliminates the need for businesses to be accessible until a complaint is received, and then a business has 180 days to make “substantial progress” towards fixing the accessibility problem.

Many believe this sets the ADA back 27 years, by not requiring business to be accessible to all people regardless of ability. It is important for you to act now as a vote could happen soon! It is also important for you to act as the bill has 108 co-sponsors (both from the Republicans and Democrats). Please take the time to tell your Senator NOT TO SUPPORT HR 620.

For instructions on how to contact your Senator, go to this link: https://www.senate.gov/general/contacting.htm

For details on the bill, check out the Action Alert sent out last fall: https://www.atra-online.com/assets/pdf/policy/federal-public-policy/Action_Alert.pdf

2.) The second matter is in regards to making recreational therapy a billable service. This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, for purposes of determining whether inpatient rehabilitation-facility services are reasonable and necessary under Medicare, to include recreational therapy services among the therapeutic modalities that constitute an intensive rehabilitation-therapy program. This bill needs more support and co-sponsors! Please take the time to tell your Representative TO SUPPORT HR 626.

Please visit the following links for instructions on how to act now:

Steps to contact legislators: https://www.atra-online.com/assets/pdf/policy/federal-public-policy/Steps_to_Contact_Your_Legislator_2018.pdf

Email template: https://www.atra-online.com/assets/pdf/policy/federal-public-policy/Email_to_Congressperson.pdf

Please keep in mind that these two bills have similar numbers – NO to HR 620, YES to HR 626.

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