On March 28, 2017 nine physical therapists and three physical therapy students from the Arizona Physical Therapy Association were in Washington DC to lobby Congress in support of legislation benefitting physical therapy and its patients.
Physical Therapists, representing Arizona were John Heick, PT(AZ1), Phil Tygiel, PT(AZ2),Marie Boone, PT (AZ4), Sean Flannigan, PT (Az5), Cynthia Driskell, PT (AZ6), Heidi Jannenga PT (AZ7), Erik Bassett, PT (AZ8), Pam Bosch, PT (AZ9) and Amy Gulledge, PT(Az9).The Student physical therapists were Jessica Gruca from ATSU and Matt Rysdik and Chris Campbell, both of NAU, Flagstaff.
All Arizona Senate and House offices were visited. The two main bills that were lobbied for were (H.R.807/S.253) The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, which would repeal the Therapy cap on outpatient rehabilitation services and (H.R. 1639/S.619) the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act which will allow physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program if the practice in underserved areas. Thus far only Congressman Grijalva is officially signed on to those bills as a co sponsor. We are waiting to hear for the other offices.
A bill dealing with physical therapists and other health professionals being able to legally cross State lines to attend to sports teams they are associated with was discussed in the Senate offices. It already passed the House. Another issue of concern was a pending Youth Concussion and Safe Play Act.