Greetings to all our physical therapy advocates! Thanks for registering for this important event on behalf of the Physical Therapy profession.This is a critical time for physical therapy legislation.
To discuss this legislation with your state representative and state senator, you must contact your legislators to set up a meeting with them:
- Go to Who Represents Me to determine your legislators
- Schedule your appointments between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday, April 1
- The two fact sheets for the bills that you will discuss with your legislators are attached to this email but can also be downloaded on the NCPTA website
LOGISTICS FOR THE DAY
Please arrive before 9:00am as the program and instructions will start at 9:00am sharp.
NOTE: Since the legislature auditorium is being remodeled, the program will be held at North Carolina Museum of History which is across the street from the legislature. You can enter the Museum at the side entrance on Jones Street or walk down the plaza in front of the building and enter in the front of the building. The auditorium is on the main floor and will be slightly to the right of the reception desk. The address of the Museum is 5 East Edenton Street, but the closest parking lot is on Jones Street.
8:30am – 9:00am
- Arrive at the Museum of History
- Sign in – 1st floor auditorium
- Pick- up your legislative packets that you will give to your legislators
9:00am – Welcome – Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD, President NCPTA
9:05am – Overview of Legislative Agenda – Dean McCall – PT, DPT, OCS;
Vice President NCPTA
9:20am – How to Talk Your Legislator – Nancy Garland, JD, NCPTA Executive Director
9:30am – Status of NCPTA Legislation – Alex Miller, NCPTA Lobbyist
9:45am – Spinal Manipulation Talking Points – Mary Kay Hannah, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS;
NCPTA Board; Leader Spinal Manipulation Task Force
9:55am – Questions
10:00am – 1:00am – Meet with Legislators
North Carolina General Assembly Address
16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Directions and Parking information taken directly from NC General Assembly website
NOTE: There is a lot of construction in downtown Raleigh, so beware of possible detours.
FROM West/Northwest I-40 US 70
I-40: Take exit 289. This becomes Wade Avenue. As Wade Avenue ends, exit right onto Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located two blocks away on the left.
US 70: US 70 becomes Glenwood Avenue. Stay on Glenwood to Wade Avenue. Cross the overpass and exit on Wade Avenue East. As Wade Avenue ends, exit right onto Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located two blocks away on the left.
FROM Northeast US 64 US 1 and US 401
US 64: Continue on New Bern Avenue (inbound New Bern Avenue becomes Edenton Street) to the intersection of Edenton and North Wilmington. Turn right onto North Wilmington Street. Turn left at the second traffic signal onto Lane Street. The Legislative Office Building will be on your right, the Legislative Building will be on your left.
US 1 and US 401: Continue on Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located two blocks away on the left.
FROM East/ Southeast I-40 US 70 US 70
US 70 merges into US 401. Continue north and stay right on South Wilmington Street. You will pass the State Capital Building on your left. The Legislative Building will be located two blocks away on the left.
I-40: Exit I-440 West. Proceed to the South Saunders Street exit and exit right. Travel north on South Saunders Street, which becomes McDowell Street. Continue on McDowell to Jones Street. Turn right on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located one block away on the left.
FROM South/ Southwest US 1 and US 64/US 401 US 1 and US 64
Exit onto I-440 East and proceed to South Saunders Street. Exit at South Saunders Street and go north on South Saunders Street, which later becomes McDowell Street. Continue on McDowell to Jones Street. Turn right on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located one block away on the left.
US 401: Continue north and stay right on South Wilmington Street. You will pass the State Capital Building on your left. The Legislative Building will be located two blocks away on the left
Public parking is available in three visitor's lots:
- Visitor's Lot #1: Located at the corner of Jones Street and Wilmington Street.
- Visitor's Lot #2: Located in the 300 block of North Salisbury Street and can also be accessed from the 300 block of North McDowell Street.
- Visitor’s Lot #3: Located at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets.
- Rates are charged by the hour and the parking lots are controlled by the Department of Administration.
- Other city owned lots and private lots are available throughout the downtown area.
- Public spaces are available on some of the streets in the area of the Legislative Complex but parking is limited to Members and authorized staff on streets adjoining the Legislative Complex.
- Visit the State Parking Division website for more information and State Parking maps.
- Spinal Manipulation bills have been introduced in both the House, HB187, and in the Senate, S 177, and hearings should be scheduled soon. An update on the status of the spinal manipulation bills will be provided in the program before you visit your legislators.
- NCPTA is also working on the Compact Licensure bill, HB 57, which will make it easier for military spouses to practice in North Carolina when their military spouse is stationed in North Carolina. The Compact bill was passed unanimously by the House and we are now trying to get the House bill out of the Senate Rules Committee.
- Find the fact sheets for these two bills on the NCPTA website. These documents will be included in the information that you leave with your legislators. Please review them before Advocacy Day.
As you prepare for Legislative Day, think about what makes physical therapy such a great service for the citizens of North Carolina. Also, think of any connection you may have with the legislators you are visiting – you went to school or played sports with the legislator or with their children, you live in the same neighborhood, you go to church with the legislator, etc. If you have a connection to the legislator, it may help the visit go better.
Spinal Manipulation legislation has now been introduced in both the House and Senate. The House legislation, HB 187 was introduced on February 23 by primary sponsors Rep. Nelson Dollar, Susan Martin, Josh Dobson and John Torbitt, and now has 23 sponsors. The other co-sponsors are as follows:
Adcock; Belk; L. Bell; Boswell; Brisson; Butler; Cleveland; Cunningham; Grange; Holley; Hunter; Johnson; Lucas; Meyer; Presnell; B. Richardson; B. Turner; Willingham; Wray
The Senate Bill, S.177 was introduced on March 2. The primary sponsors in the Senate are Sen. Louis Pate, Sen. Joyce Krawiec, and Sen. Ron Rabin (R). Other co-sponsors in the Senate are Cook, D.Davis, J. Davis, Lowe and Woodard.
If your state representative or senator is a sponsors listed above, please call or e-mail them to thank them for sponsoring the bill. To find who your representative or senator go to Who Represents Me or download the APTA Action app on your phone.
We are now waiting to find out what committees the bills will be referred to and when hearings will be held. We will notify members as soon as we know when hearings will be held as we will want you to contact legislators who are on those committees to vote in favor of the bills. When the bills go to the floor of the House and/or Senate we will also want you to contact your state legislators to urge them to vote in favor of the bill. For talking points on the spinal manipulation bill click here.
You will remember during the last legislature, the Senate bill never got out of the Senate Rules Committee, though the House bill was passed by the House by a vote of 102-13.
What will this legislation do?
This bill will do one single thing - eliminate the North Carolina law that requires a physician referral for physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation. Various physician groups agree that is an unnecessary requirement. It is a burdensome law that delays needed care to physical therapy patients and adds increased costs for the patient on the health care system. These bills decrease the cost of care and eliminate the need for an extra appointment to obtain a special referral to see a physical therapist.
Why should this legislation be enacted?
Physical therapists have been performing spinal manipulation since the 1920's. Forty-seven other states, the District of Columbia, the VA, the Public Health Service, and all four military services do not require a special physician referral for spinal manipulation
Physical Therapists are educated to perform spinal manipulation and are safe to perform spinal manipulation as evidenced by the lack of insurance claims noted by HPSO, the largest insurer of Physical Therapists.