Collaborative ‘Stop the Cap’ Campaign Wins Association Industry Honor ASHA, along with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), recently received a gold “Power of A” award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for their successful “Stop the Cap” campaign. The honor recognizes the three organizations’ collaborative advocacy efforts to end ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   October 01, 2018
Collaborative ‘Stop the Cap’ Campaign Wins Association Industry Honor
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ASHA News   |   October 01, 2018
Collaborative ‘Stop the Cap’ Campaign Wins Association Industry Honor
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 63. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.23102018.63
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 63. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.23102018.63
ASHA, along with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), recently received a gold “Power of A” award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for their successful “Stop the Cap” campaign.
The honor recognizes the three organizations’ collaborative advocacy efforts to end the Medicare outpatient therapy cap, which—for 20 years—has limited the amount of speech-language treatment and occupational and physical therapy sessions Medicare beneficiaries may receive.
The organizations created the Therapy Cap Coalition, a group of patient advocacy organizations and therapy providers who worked together to amplify each group’s grassroots messages and outreach to Capitol Hill.
The coalition developed proposals and drafted legislative language for a permanent repeal, collaborated to build congressional support for the measure, fostered relationships with members of Congress, and shared stories of how the therapy cap affected Medicare beneficiaries. In February 2018, 241 representatives and 37 senators co-sponsored bills to permanently repeal the cap.
“‘Stop the Cap’ was a great win for associations, their members, and those served by their members,” says Elise Davis-McFarland, 2018 ASHA president. “Our joint advocacy to end the Medicare therapy cap exemplifies the great things we can accomplish working together.”
ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s contributions on the local, national and global levels.
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