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Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants:
We need grass roots efforts to make calls to House Committee Health and Welfare (225-342-2404) over the next few days to voice our concern for House Bill 691. Our lobbyist Kevin Hayes is working with PT’s lobbyist Dave Tatman on this issue.
Thank you in advance,
Christe Brewton, LOTR, MBA
Information below from LPTA President Cristina Faucheux, PT
I wanted to let you all know that the LPTA was trying to collaborate with the trainers and work amended language together. As of Wednesday, it became very clear that the trainers do not want to accept the amended language. After researching what the National Athletic Trainers Association is pushing for their states to work towards, it is very clear why they do not want to add the definition of an “athlete” to their bill.
The bill in its current state will loosen the supervision requirements for athletic trainers and allows them to treat anyone injured at a school sponsored activity. It does not limit to any injury while participating in sports or give a time line of when the injury occurred. In discussion with the trainers, they feel that repetitive/ cumulative trauma disorders ie. Carpal tunnel syndrome are well within their scope of practice.
The bill may possibly be heard as early as next week. The LPTA is working to find an author willing to add our amendments. In the meantime, we are asking our membership to call House Health and Welfare Committee Members to express our concern with the bill. Feel free to call me with any questions.
Cristina Faucheux, PT
Moreau Physical Therapy
ph (225)654-8208 ext 1160