April 11, 2013
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April 2013-5 Issue


A hearing was held yesterday for HB 1039, Patient Access to Physical Therapy, in the House Committee on Public Health. TPTA considers the hearing a huge success. We are grateful for the many that stopped by the Capitol to drop a card of support for the bill, and especially grateful the TPTA members that provided oral testimony, including Michael Connors, Cynthia Fisher, Nick Patel, Mike Geelhoed, Jennifer Kish, Kathleen Manella, Matt Walk, Allan Besselink, Ben Keen and Jarod Carter. Be sure and thank these members when you see them!

Opposition testimony to HB 1039 was provided by the Texas Orthopaedic Association, as well as a PT who works for a POPTS group. The Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine also provided testimony against the bill.

The hearing video may be viewed on the Texas House of Representatives web site (4/10/13, Public Health), or by clicking the video links below. There are two separate videos. On Part I of the video, forward to 1:13:42. The second video begins with the continuation of our bill hearing.

Click to View Video of HB 1039 Hearing
Part I of Hearing

Part II of Hearing

The Work is Note Done. Please Call Your State Representative TODAY

The House Committee on Public Health will vote on our bill tomorrow (Friday). Please call your State Representative's office and request that they contact the House Committee on Public Health and ask that HB 1039 be voted out of committee favorably. This is extremely important.

 - Locate your State Representative's Phone Number
 - Call and say "I am a constituent of Rep. XYZ, and I would like to request that he/she contact the House Committee on Public Health and ask them to vote HB 1039 out of committee favorably."

Whether this bill affects you or not, this is good for the profession. Please take five minutes to make that call.

We are here to answer your questions regarding our Patient Access to PT bill, or any other bill. Please email or call us at the information below.
TPTA Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs:

Brant Capps, PT, DPT, MS
(806) 584-2842

Mike Connors, PT, DPT, OCS
(732) 309-8002

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