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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at email@example.com
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.
APTA MI MPTA Endorsements for 2020 Election - If you are a constituent – Please thank them. We encourage everyone to vote!
•Julie Rogers, PT – D - House District 60 – Kalamazoo - APTA Michigan Member!
These Representatives sponsored HB 4108 – PT/PTAs as Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Neglect or Abuse:
•Rep Roger Hauck R-99 Mt. Pleasant Incumbent
•Rep Beth Griffin R-66 Paw Paw Incumbent
•Rep Jim Ellison D-26 Royal Oak Incumbent
•Rep Jeff Yaroch R-33 Richmond Incumbent
•Rep Sheryl Kennedy D-48 Davison Incumbent
•Rep John Chirkun D-22 Roseville THANK him for being a Friend of Physical Therapy as he is term limited & cannot run again in 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.
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:
Please be ready to contact your State Senator when APTA Michigan calls upon you to do so!
Senate Bill 22 Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact (PTLC) will increase consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross-state practice. The hearing scheduled in April was postponed due to COVID. The hearing has not been rescheduled but APTA Michigan is hoping for a date in the near future. We are also working to schedule a meeting with LARA to discuss any concerns. CMS has updated its policy to accept compact licenses as valid for reimbursement in the license holders' compact state.
Senate Bill 898 to amend the insurance code (1956 PA 218) requiring that a service provided through telemedicine will provide the same coverage and reimbursement as if the service involved face-to-face contact was introduced by Senator Adam Hollier on April 29, 2020 and was referred to the Health Policy Committee. This bill would also require insurers to continue to provide the same reimbursement for physical therapy provided via telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.