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Advocacy Information

Together our Voices are Stronger!

All members are invited to join and or attend government relations committee and PAC meetings 

Join us February 7, 2024 for our annual lobby day in Annapolis.

Free Webinar for Members:
Becoming a Life Long Advocate for the Profession
Earn one (0.1) CEU with this online course.  It is vital that PTs, PTAs, and students of physical therapy make a connection with their legislators, so they understand our priorities as a profession. This includes the importance of advocating for policies that address social determinants of health with effect patient outcomes. This course will teach you: 1. How and where to communicate with legislators 2. How to create a long term professional relationship with your legislator 3. Tips for Meeting with legislators 4. The impact of social determinants of health on the communities we serve 5. Advocacy to remove barriers to care

Your Legislators Want to Hear from You

Your Story Matters

From the power of physical therapy to navigating insurance challenges, we want to help share your story with legislators.  Click the button below to upload testimonials and videos from patients and or practice owners. 

In addition to collecting stories, we are also specifically seeking assistance with fair copay legislation. APTAMD is seeking data and testimonials to determine future legislation. It is our goal to reintroduce this legislation but we need your help.

Advocacy Toolkit

Get informed. Familiarize yourself with current issues and legislation affecting the physical therapy profession in Maryland. Think about how you might start a conversation with your representative. Why is it important for PTs and PTAs to support this piece of legislation? Fact sheets regarding bills and legislative efforts for Advocacy Day are below and will be available  in your advocacy day packets.

  • Legislative Action Center
    APTA members can log in to the Legislative Action Center to send prewritten messages to their legislators.
  • Patient Action Center
    Nonmembers and the public can use the Patient Action Center to send prewritten messages to their legislators.
  • Regulatory Action Center
    Congress isn’t the only group that needs to hear from you. Use the Regulatory Action Center to access template letters for contacting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other regulators.

Onsite – Annapolis

  • Bring a photo ID. At the capital you may be asked to present a photo ID. Please remember that we will be going into a government building and may be asked to wait in lines at security.


For District and Virtual Meetings

  • Dress appropriately. Business attire is expected as we will be representing the profession when we speak with state legislators.
  • Your legislator may be in session or pulled to another meeting, do not be discouraged.
  • Be Informed – Review our talking points
  • Research your legislator – do they have a history of supporting the profession and issues we value. If not, research opposing arguments to any issues you pan to discuss and be prepared to explain your position
  • Be respectful
  • Be on time
  • Capture the moment – take a photo and upload to social media. Tag the chapter and your legislator!
  • Send a Thank You. Include a photo from your visit if you took one at the meeting. 
  • Fill out our debrief form and let us know if the Chapter can provide any follow up information. You can also e-mail or Call the APTAMD to let us know how your visit went.

Sample Invitation Letter

How to Prepare

  • Be Informed – Review our talking points
  • Research your legislator – do they have a history of supporting the profession and issues we value. If not, research opposing arguments to any issues you pan to discuss and be prepared to explain your position
  • Be respectful
  • Be on time
  • Capture the moment – take a photo and upload to social media. Tag the chapter and your legislator!
  • Send a Thank You. Include a photo from your visit if you took one at the meeting.
  • Follow up. Be sure to follow up on your ask and on any requests for additional information.
  • Fill our our debrief form and let us know if the Chapter can provide any follow up information. You can also e-mail or Call the APTAMD  to let us know how your visit went.