Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 6th! This is the date for our next KPTA Day on the Hill event in Topeka. We hope to fill the Capitol with PT’s, PTA’s, and students to help share the benefits of physical therapy. We will also plan to have a bill introduced to the legislature soon.
What can you expect at our 2018 Day on the Hill event? We will have some of our legislators speak to our group. We will then have time to meet with our legislators to discuss the hot topics for PT’s, PTA’s and our patients. This will include discussing the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (see below).
7:30 am - Arrive at Capitol
8:00 am - Light breakfast provided
8:15 - 8:30 am - KPTA President, Susie Harms, PT, MHS and KPTA Legislative Chair, Jennifer Caswell, PT, DPT -Welcome and review of talking points for meetings with legislators
8:30 - 9:30 am - Legislative leadership speakers - TBA
9:30 am - Photo with Governor Sam Brownback (if available)
10:00-2:00 pm - Meet with legislators
Opportunities while at the Capitol:
* Sit in on the House Health and Human Services Committee Meeting
* Sit in on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Meeting
*Senate is in session
*House is in session
* Capitol historic tours
* Dome tours
Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
The second week in January, the Kansas State Legislature will start its new session. The KPTA has been working hard in the background to pave the way for a bill to be brought forth regarding Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) early in 2018. In 2014, the APTA House of Delegates passed a resolution supporting the concept of a physical therapy licensure compact. The KPTA believes that being a part of the PTLC will improve public access to physical therapy services in Kansas. Currently, there are 14 states that have passed the PTLC.
How does it work?
- PT/ PTA has to have valid, current, unrestricted license in his/ her primary state of residence.
- Each state that the PT/ PTA would like to have Compact Privileges in would be required to have legislation in place for the PTLC.
- Currently, both Colorado and Missouri are in the PTLC.
- Allows for quicker licensure of physical therapy providers by use of the PTLC (days versus weeks).
- Improves continuity of care
- Improves portability for military spouses
- Improves access to physical therapy providers
- Increases choice of physical therapy providers
- Facilitates alternate delivery methods, like Telehealth
Be a part of the future of physical therapy in our state, we hope you will join us on March 6th in Topeka!