PPTA Legislative Advocacy Day

Join us in Harrisburg on Sept. 24, 2019 as we make our voices heard at the Capitol

Plan to join fellow physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students and supporters on Tuesday, Sept. 24 for PPTA's Advocacy Day 2019. As we push to advance our profession, it is important to have your voice heard with fellow PTs and PTAs and speaking with your legislators. We will be meeting at the Capitol to hear from Rep. Stephen Barrar at 9:00 a.m. before taking a group photo on the Capitol steps and meeting with your elected officials to discuss pertinent issues affecting physical therapy. 

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The appointment request deadline was Sept. 13 - the Office is no longer taking requests for appointments. 

After registering, scroll down to review current House and Senate bills and talking points, provided by Megan Itell, PPTA Public Policy and Advocacy Chair. 

Advocacy Day Agenda

8:30 a.m. - Registration, Breakfast, Meet & Greet with your fellow colleagues
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Rep. Stephen Barrar and PPTA Public Policy and Advocacy Chair Megan Itell will address the attendees
10:15 a.m. - Group photo on the Capitol steps
10:30 a.m. - Attendees break for appointments

Please note: Appointments are made based on the address at which you are registered to vote. If you live out of state, please provide both the address where you are registered to vote AND the address where you work to try to put you in a group appointment to visit with legislators. Appointments for those who live out of state are not guaranteed.

Register to Attend Advocacy Day 2019 Now

Current Legislation

Bills to Highlight: HB 533 | HB 862 | SB 640

HB 533: Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act | Health Committee - Rep. Clint Owlett

Talking Points:

  • PPTA supports good legislation for credentialing limits as there is sometimes a 180+ day wait.
  • Would limit the wait time for a response from insurance companies to 45 days.
  • Will allow residents of PA better access to physical therapy and other practitioners.
  • Longer credentialing processes limit patient access to physical therapy and impacts their care directly.
  • Affects business operations.

The following bills for the Physical Therapy Compact Legislation has been drafted in both the House (HB 862) and the Senate (SB 640).

HB 862: Physical Therapy Compact Legislation | Professional Licensure Committee - Rep. Barrar

Talking Points:

  • Portability of license across multiple state lines for PT’s and PTA’s.
  • Supported by APTA, FSBPT, the PA State Board, National Military Family Association and PPTA.
  • Does not expand the scope of practice.
  • The Physical Therapy Compact Licensure is a contract:
    • Individual states agree to join in the Compact laws
    • Allows physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in those participating states to practice in any of the other participating states under its laws and rules without being licensed in each state.
    • Each PT/PTA must hold a current and valid license in their home state.
    • The PT/PTA applies for Compact license in the other state.
    • There is a fee for PTCL plus the states fees and requirements
  • The benefits include being faster, more efficient, inexpensive and easier than applying for each individual state license.
  • 23 states have currently accepted the Compact Legislation including New Jersey with 12 states currently issuing Compact licenses.
  • Pennsylvania and Maryland are bringing it up for voting.

SB 640: Physical Therapy Compact Legislation | Professional Licensure Committee - Sen. Boscola

Talking Points:

  • Portability of license across multiple state lines for PT’s and PTA’s.
  • Supported by APTA, FSBPT, the PA State Board, National Military Family Association and PPTA.
  • Does not expand the scope of practice.
  • The Physical Therapy Compact Licensure is a contract:
    • Individual states agree to join in the Compact laws
    • Allows physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in those participating states to practice in any of the other participating states under its laws and rules without being licensed in each state.
    • Each PT/PTA must hold a current and valid license in their home state.
    • The PT/PTA applies for Compact license in the other state.
    • There is a fee for PTCL plus the states fees and requirements
  • The benefits include being faster, more efficient, inexpensive and easier than applying for each individual state license.
  • 23 states have currently accepted the Compact Legislation including New Jersey with 12 states currently issuing Compact licenses.
  • Pennsylvania and Maryland are bringing it up for voting.