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Legislation Introduced in Springfield: What we are watching

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Legislation Introduced in Springfield: What we are watching

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2021)
Member since 1973

With the deadline now passed for bill introduction, the IPTA has a list of bills to monitor. Following is a brief update on some of them.


SB 3228 (Hunter) PT Background Checks:  This bill proposes to amend the PT Act to require applicants for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to submit their fingerprints for the purpose of criminal history records checks.  While we don't necessarily oppose the concept, it does not appear to help us move forward with the PT License Compact. 

SB 3878: Athletic Trainers Act (Rose):  We understand from the IATA that the intent is to "modernize" their Act.  Unfortunately, the IPTA has to join other stakeholders in opposing the bill in its current form for a variety of reasons, many that can be attributed to broad language that raises public protection concerns.


SB 1420: Riding Therapy (Murphy): The bill would require insurance companies to pay for both hippotherapy as well as other forms of therapeutic riding.  The IPTA joins others in opposing this bill because of language in the bill that relates to a requirement for a physician prescription for physical therapy as well as a broad definition of therapeutic riding that would include adaptive riding lessons. 


SB 1198:  Music Therapy (Murphy):  This bill proposes licensure for music therapists and is broadly opposed by other health care professions.  We understand that there are amendments to the proposal coming forward and the IPTA will continue to monitor this legislation.


SB 2561: Telehealth Reimbursement (Fine):  This is one of several bills that seeks to address payment parity for health care services provided via telehealth and is moving forward in the Senate.


HB 5510 and SB 3822: Prior Authorization Reform Act: Both bills are picking up bipartisan sponsorship in the House and Senate and the House has assigned the bill to committee.  This is an initiative of the Illinois State Medical Society, who seek to reform prior authorization in Illinois, from streamlining the process and increasing transparency to ensuring that PA requirements are based on evidence-based criteria.  Learn more.


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