Advocacy - Moving Your Profession Forward
Why is Advocacy Important:
As Bob Smucker, the founder of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, once said about nonprofit advocacy, “It is about empowering individuals to make their collective voice heard on a wide range of human concerns.”
You can be an advocate for your profession. Make the world of healthcare a better place for your patients and make your profession stronger by being part of that collective voice.
Significant legislative changes are the result of common sense initiatives, propelled by constituents that have meaningful relationships with their legislators. Taking action is as simple as writing letters to your state legislators and as powerful as attending a national federal affairs forum to impact change throughout the nation. Speak to your legislators from your own professional experience as a PT, PTA, student or educator is powerful. You have the experience. You have the passion. You can make the change.
Current Legislation: How Can You Help?
Attend OPTA's 2015 Advocacy Day! Held Thursday, April 9, this FREE half-day event will include advocacy training and legislative visits.
House Bill 220 is a bill that modifies the scope of practice for physical therapists in Ohio. It would allow PTs to diagnose physical impairment and disability and determine a prognosis and intervention plan, and would add the ability for PTs to order test such as diagnostic imaging and studies that are performed and interpreted by other health care professionals.
During Advocacy Day 2014, held May 21, at the Ohio Statehouse, over 100 members and students advocated for HB 220, meeting with over 35 legislators and writing hundreds of letters of support.
How does HB 220 Help PT?
- Clarifies the scope of practice for PTs, benefiting PTs, the public and other healthcare professionals
- Promotes PT direct access. Patients will be more willing to come to PTs knowing that a PT can order the appropriate diagnostic test, saving patients and insurance companies money.
- Give PTs more tools for diagnosis and treatment
- Could improve patient compliance
- Patient expenses could be reduced due to fewer visits to other healthcare providers, increasing the number of patients that utilize PT.
Direct Access - Landmark Legislation
Take Action - Legislative Action Center
APTA Advocacy Involvement Opportunities
Federal Advocacy News
Grassroots Resources - How to conduct a district visit, attend town hall meetings & practice visits