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Occupational Therapists Protest FL Discontinuing to Cover Therapy for State Employees

Occupational therapy protest at FL Capitol
Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 18:03:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A protest is held at the Florida Capitol today led by a group of occupational therapists.

It is in opposition to a decision to no longer cover therapy services for state employees.

The state discontinued covering employees in January, meaning special care from an occupational therapist is no long covered, including rehabilitation services after suffering a stroke, brain, or spinal cord injury. That means employees have to pay out of pocket to receive rehab services.

One of the therapists at today's rally says this needs to change.

"Every individual, no matter from birth to death, they deserve occupational therapy or at least to have the option to get it if they so chose or is so needed," said protestor and Occupational Therapist Jasmine Jones. "Whether a prior injury or a congenital injury, everyone is entitled to occupational therapy services to help them regain their independence."

The protestors are working to change the legislation.

They want occupational services to be added on all state employee benefit packages.