Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I've Contacted Congressman Hill's Staff

I just want you to know that I personally followed up on the ATRA request for each of us to contact our Representative regarding the CMS sign-on letter being sponsored by Representatives Tauscher (D-CA) and Thompson (R-PA). You can see the prior post for more information on the CMS letter.

My Congressman is Baron Hill from Indiana. I sent email messages to his health LA, Joel Bailey, and his overall legislative LA, Lori Pepper. If you haven't communicated with your Representative's office, I would urge you to do so. ATRA is asking Representatives to sign-on to the letter by May 1st.

The major point I made in my emails was tha CMS has provided documentation to Congress that recreational therapy is a covered service -- but hasn't made this clear to health care providers -- and the letter simply asks CMS to do this.


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