Legislative Corner

Posted November 4, 2020

Read Capitol & 5th's summary of key election races in the state of Tennessee, as well as public policy priorities for several incoming lawmakers. Get familiar with your national, state, and local government to continue TNOTA's advocacy efforts into 2021 and beyond! 


Posted August 30, 2020

Governor Lee has extended Executive Orders 36, 38, 49, 50, 54, and 55, which largely relate to healthcare, through September 30. This extension extends the following provisions:

  • continues to allow out of state healthcare providers to practice in Tennessee;
  • continues to allow retired medical professionals to easily re-enter the workforce;
  • In-person and live continuing education requirements are suspended for healthcare professionals;
  • Healthcare licensing inspections and investigations are temporarily suspended;
  • Inspections of mental health and substance abuse facilities are suspended;
  • Designation of  certain skilled nursing facilities as COVID-19 Skilled Nursing Facilities;
  • Expanded telemedicine access for all licensed health care providers.

 Read more about it here


Posted August 14, 2020

Read the latest update from Capitol & 5th, recapping the special legislative session, including highlights on telehealth, business liability in the time of COVID, and more. 

Posted June 29, 2020

Read the full text of Governor Lee's Executive Order 50, which extends Tennessee's state of emergency and provisions provided by previous executive orders, including telehealth


Posted June 27, 2020

Download TNOTA's final Bill Tracking Report for the 2020 Legislative session to see the legislation TNOTA has tracked this year. 


Posted June 20, 2020

Read Capitol & 5th's update on the wrap up of Tennessee's 111th General Assembly, including highlights on the telemedicine bill, which was effectively killed in committee. TNOTA is continuing to work with C5 and our legislature on lobbying for telemedicine coverage and payment parity in Tennessee. 


Posted May 30, 2020

Read the latest C5 update, which details legislation that TNOTA is monitoring. Visit our advocacy center for ways that you can help advocate for legislation that benefits OT practitioners, including HB1699 which requires that telehealth services be covered in a similar manner to in-person visits.  



Posted May 12, 2020

Governor Lee issued a new Executive Order 36, which extends many of the provisions previously laid out in Executive Order 15. Provisions relevant to OT practitioners include Section 38 and 38.1  (allows health care providers to provide telehealth services), Section 7 (extends expiration dates for health care licenses, allows retired professionals to re-enter the field, suspends continuing education requirements, suspends inspections for certain health care facilities). 


Posted May 8, 2020

Our  lobbyists at Capitol & 5th continue to advocate for coverage for telehealth services in Tennessee. Read the latest updates on state legislative actions, our lobbying efforts, and information on the TN telehealth bill (HB1699/SB1892) that will be considered in the upcoming legislative session. 


Posted May 2, 2020

Read Capitol & 5th's latest legislative update for information on how the lifting of COVID restrictions may affect occupational therapy practice. 


The Capitol & 5th team has compiled and updated the list of Governor Lee's executive orders related to COVID-19Many of these orders are set to expire this month. TNOTA will continue to advocate for ongoing coverage of telehealth services and other policies that protect our profession and expand access to OT services during this time. Executive orders particularly relevant to OT practice are highlighted.