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Updating our Key Contacts Directory

Wednesday, May 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Updating our Key Contacts Directory

Achieving direct access in 2018 would not have been made possible if it wasn't for our outstanding network of members serving as Illinois Key Contacts. These members responded to our calls to actions emails, contacted their legislators and filed witness slips on bills. It was with the help of these individuals that strengthened our PT voice and influence in Springfield.

We need to keep this momentum going in 2019 and moving forward.

This year, not only did Illinois welcome in a new Governor but there are many new faces in both the House and Senate. We need to find time to connect with all General Assembly members in their home districts and start building important relationships that will help us in taking on issues such as enforcement of term and title protection, fair copay, and barriers to access to PT.

You can help! As a busy professional, you may not have much time to devote to policy work. Fortunately, being a Key Contact needn’t be a burden. Essentially, we’re asking you to send an occasional message to your elected officials when prompted to by a grassroots alert from the IPTA. Your primary role is to ensure that state legislators in your district are aware of our perspective on key issues.

Periodically, our Key Contacts will receive our “In the KNOW” email blast, that contains information about a critical state or federal issue – and an ask that they reach out to their legislator about the IPTA’s position, or file an electronic witness slip is support or opposition to a bill being considered in the State or House.

The most effective key contacts are those who lawmakers come to know and trust. If you are willing to do more than just send an email, you can work to establish a personal relationship with your legislators so that you become a credible and valuable resource on issues related to physical therapy. Meeting with legislators in their home districts or hosting them for a visit to your clinic or department are excellent ways to foster such a relationship and to educate these key policymakers. 

Do you know who your Senator and Representative is?
To find out who your state Senator or Representative is, simply visit www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/ and type in your address.

If you are interested in becoming an IPTA Key Contact for your legislative district, please email ipta@ipta.org with your name, and the Senator or Representatives name who you would like to be a Key Contact for.

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