Current Rhode Island Legislative Issues

PHYSICAL THERAPY BILLS PENDING AT RI GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018

 

 House Bill No. 7708

BY  Bennett, Vella-Wilkinson, Ajello, Diaz, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHYSICAL THERAPISTS (Includes in the practice of physical therapy ordering diagnostic images and studies provided they are performed and interpreted by other licensed health care professionals.)

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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

03/30/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/04/2018)


 

Senate Bill No. 2407

BY  Nesselbush, Fogarty, Lombardi, Quezada, Crowley

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHYSICAL THERAPISTS (Includes in the practice of physical therapy ordering diagnostic images and studies provided they are performed and interpreted by other licensed health care professionals.)

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02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration

03/12/2018 Meeting postponed (03/13/2018)

03/12/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/27/2018)

03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

Senate Bill No. 2544

BY  Pearson, Lombardo, Picard, Seveney, Satchell

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- PHYSICAL THERAPY COPAY (Limits copays, coinsurance or office deductible for services of a physical therapist to the amount authorized for medical osteopathic physician office visits.)

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03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/22/2018)

03/22/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 7081

BY  Bennett, McNamara, Diaz, Vella-Wilkinson, Solomon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- PHYSICAL THERAPY COPAY (Limits copays, coinsurance or office deductible for services of a physical therapist to the amount authorized for medical osteopathic physician office visits.)

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01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations

01/19/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/23/2018)

01/23/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 7499

(Attorney General)

BY  Morin, Messier, Phillips, Solomon, Casey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Requires health insurance companies to cover non-opioid treatments for pain which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and oriental medicine.)

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02/08/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

03/23/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/27/2018)

03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



Senate Bill No. 2537

(Attorney General)

BY  Picard, Miller

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Requires health insurance companies to cover non-opioid treatments for pain which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and oriental medicine.)

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03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

 

 Moving Forward with Advocacy

Now we need your help to make it Happen.
It’s Easy: Download APTA Action APP today!

 

  • Select State Advocacy ICON
  • Select our State of RI
  • Review our Talking points
  • Develop your own personal message
  • Reach out to your community representatives and senators
  • Advocate for your patients and your profession!

 

Go to these links for more help. http://www.apta.org/TakeAction/Toolkit/DevelopMessage/

http://www.apta.org/TakeAction/Toolkit/DeliverMessage/


 Ask your patients to get involved too!

Q: How has your patient been impacted by excessive copays or opioids?

A: Ask them to tell you their story, record it or write it down. Advocate!

Q: How do I connect with my representatives and senators?

A: Invite them to your practice, to meet and speak 1st hand with your patients that have been impacted by high copays or pain meds.  Be heard!

With hard work and dedication to my recovery,    I am able to walk without support and I live a fulfilling life” - David

We want All patients to have the necessary access to physical therapy and Recovery.

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