The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) supports:
Professional advancement, by:
- safeguarding the ability of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to practice within the parameters of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act;
- preventing the encroachment of professional physical therapy practice by non-licensed and other licensed professions;
- supporting education and research that advance the skills of physical therapy practitioners; and
- continue to promote physical therapy as a doctoral level health care professions.
Economic and employment rights, through advocating for:
- inclusion of physical therapy services in all health care plans;
- fair and equitable payment for services rendered;
- the health and safety of workers in all employment settings; and
- elimination of fee splitting between physical therapists and referring practitioners.
Access to quality care, through advocating for:
- consumer's access to health care and choice of health care provider;
- direct access to physical therapy; and
- reduction of health care costs without compromising quality of care.
Health and wellness, through:
- promotion of fitness, health, and wellness in the community, school systems, workplace, and health care institutions.
Current Policy Issues in the APTA
The American Physical Therapy Association provides lobbying and advocacy services for our members at the Federal Government Level. This includes contact with the Legislative Branch (Congress and the House of Representatives) and the Executive Branch as necessary. In addition the APTA Federal Affairs staff
APTA is the ONLY physical therapy association with public policy professionals working with the government for the benefit of all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
The APTA is the voice of the profession in Washington DC. The APTA's elected leadership and Federal Government affairs staff routinely interact with national policy makers and regulators on behalf of the profession.
Current Policy Issues in the IPTA
The Illinois Physical Therapy Association is the only organization in Illinois that advocates for the interests of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and their patients/clients. We are working throughout the year to protect your interests and help shape legislation and regulations every day.
Our Priorities for 2016
- Fair PT Copays
- PT License Compact
Updates on current activities can be found in member issues of Your Advocate, our monthly e-newsletter.
Elected leaders, staff and IPTA lobbyists represent the interests of the physical therapy community in Illinois year round. However, member involvement in state government affairs is critical in attaining our state legislative goals.
To learn more about how you can help, contact IPTA.
Illinois is a U.S. state with two senators in the United States Senate and 18 representatives in the United States House of Representatives.
Interested in serving as a key contact for your congressman?
Contact the IPTA to learn more.