Updates on the latest state and federal issues and information about how you can be involved in our grassroots efforts

The APTA Michigan Legislative Committee works with the APTA Michigan Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the APTA Michigan Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for APTA Michigan members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.

The support and participation of all APTA Michigan members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please contact the APTA Michigan office.

Legislative News:

Physical Therapist and APTA Michigan member Julie Rogers Wins Election!

posted: November 05, 2020

The election results are final - Julie Rogers, PT, MPT, was elected to represent the 60th District in the Michigan House of Representatives.  Congratulations Julie!!!! 

This will be the first time EVER that a physical therapy professional has held an elected office at the state level.  We look forward to working with Julie on issues important to the profession. 


PT Compact - APTA Michigan Testimony Before Health Policy Committee October 7

posted: October 08, 2020

On Wednesday, October 7, APTA Legislative Director, Jena Colon, provided testimony in support of SB 22 - Legislation to enact the PT Compact.

To view the written statement CLICK HERE.   

APTA Michigan will continue to advocate for participation in the PT Compact.  


Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Passes Out of Senate Committee

posted: September 28, 2020

Senate Bill (SB) 612, which seeks to reform prior authorization practices in Michigan, has passed the Senate Health Policy Committee! This bill is the result of our collaboration with a large provider and consumer advocacy group coalition called Health Can’t Wait. The legislation is but one component of this campaign that also includes consumer education and collection of patient stories.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Curt Vanderwall (Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon and Wexford). The most important parts of the bill that impact physical therapy include:

  • Requiring payers to post prior authorization requirements on their public website and be readily available to providers at the point of care
  • Using criteria that are based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria which must be:
    • Based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria based on either:
      • Working directly with clinicians who do not have a stake in clinical review decisions/outcomes
      • Working with specialty societies
    • Able to account for individual patient variation
    • Evidenced-based
    • Publicly available
    • Reviewed and updated annually
    • Developed in consultation with actively practicing, non-employee physicians and other health professionals when the criteria apply to that other health profession
  • Requiring payers to “conspicuously” post statistics about denials and appeals, including the top 10 reasons for denial, on their public website

Please be ready to contact your State Senator when APTA Michigan calls upon you to do so!

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