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    A Legislative Achievement for Florida Occupational Therapists.   TALLAHASSEE – After more than 20 years of advocacy, State of Florida employees now can access occupational therapy services through the state group health insurance plan. The Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) led the efforts to include the added benefit for state employees in the 2017 General Appropriations Act passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.  Read more....

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We are closely watching for ways OT will both be impacted and for opportunities for OT to be included, perhaps in ways we have not been included in the past. While the ACA is a Federal program, FOTA is working closely with AOTA to follow the trends and keep you informed.

Government Affairs Co-Coordinators: to contact please email

altSharon Rosenberg OTR/L Government Affairs Co-Coordinator: Sharon Rosenberg earned her undergraduate degree in Health Science and Rehabilitation Services at the University of Florida in 2006 and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Florida A&M University in 2011. Sharon has worked in the outpatient setting as a rehab techsince 2001 and has aspired to be a hand therapist since 2006 while working with Dori Catalano OT/CHT at Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. 

altKelly Uanino, OTR/L, CLT, Government Affairs Co-Coordinator: Kelly Uanino is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who earned a bachelors of arts degree from Rutgers University in 2005 in sociology and a Masters of occupational therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist Kelly spent several years working as a social worker, special education teacher, and was project manager for an NIMH study on group home care in the state of North Carolina. Since becoming an occupational therapist Kelly has specialized in oncology rehabilitation with certification in lymphedema therapy.  

Kelly and Sharon live and work in Tallahassee, FL. They’ve have been working in conjunction with the former Government Affairs Coordinator, Barbara Ingram-Rice,  to change access to occupational therapy services for State of Florida employees and their families. Kelly and Sharon are excited to continue this effort and all efforts to protect our profession, grow coverage of our services, and to educate our policy makers on the unique role of occupational therapy services across the lifespan. 

FOTA Lobbying Firm

Corcoran & JohnstonFOTA welcomes Corcoran & Johnston as our lobbying firm. They have been recognized as one of Florida’s top lobbyists by Florida Trend Magazine (March 2013) and ranked in the top Florida Lobbyists by Sunshine State News in October 2013 and June 2014. With offices in Miami and Tampa, and several lobbyists in the firm, we look forward to lots of attention to FOTA advocacy and a very productive relationship. 


What the FOTA Board Watches ALL the Time:

  •  BC/BS reimbursement for OT for state workers
  • Medicaid reimbursement
  • Opportunities to add OT as a recognized Mental Health Provider
  • Opportunities for inculsion ie: OT was there at the rules making table to get language re: OTA supervision in the Home Health Agency Rules
  • Monitor threats to our scope of practice by other professions


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