American Occupational Therapy Association
Ask Congress to Support the SMART Act to Protect Access to Services Provided by Occupational Therapy Assistants

The “Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act” or SMART Act (H.R. 5536) was introduced by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Jason Smith (R-MO) in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would mitigate the impact of a 15% cut to Medicare Part B services provided by occupational therapy assistants, which went into effect in January 2022. These cuts may leave many seniors—especially those in underserved and rural areas—with less access to critical occupational therapy services.   

Please enter your information to be matched with your legislators. Using the pre-written letters, ee are asking you to contact your Senators and ask them to support passage of provisions similar to those in the SMART Act, HR 5536, and ask your Representative to co-sponsor the SMART Act. The SMART Act will help reduce the impact of this cut on beneficiary access to therapy services and on occupational therapy assistants.  While Congress has told us they will not repeal this payment differential, they can take steps to reduce its impact by exempting rural and underserved areas from these payment changes, and permanently removing overly restrictive Medicare supervision requirements for private practice by aligning them with state requirements,  

Please contact your elected officials today and ask them to help preserve access to crucial occupational therapy services.  

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