For more than 20 years, APTA has relied on network of contacts at the Chapter level to enhance APTA’s federal public policy agenda. Essential to this effort is each Component’s Federal Affairs Liaison (FAL).
The Chapter’s FAL is the coordinator of our involvement with the APTA government affairs department.
APTA has reintroduced several of our signature legislative bills this year in the 117th U.S. Congress to address issues that impact the physical therapy profession and the patients we serve. From Medicare payment challenges and improved patient access, to addressing student loan burden and increasing workforce diversity, to supporting the role of PTAs under Medicare to reducing administrative burden, APTA has an aggressive policy agenda before Congress and FALs play a critical role in implementing it.
For information on the role and responsibilities of the Chapter’s FAL please click here.
- APTA Maryland’s President appoints one individual to serve as the FAL for a one-year term.
- Deadline for the Chapter appointment is December 17, 2021.
- APTAMD provides a mentor to any new leaders.
- If you are interested in this position, please email the Chapter and include your resume and a personal statement.
Federal Affairs Liaison Key Responsibilities
- Participate in any FAL orientation and training webinars (includes FALs who are re-appointed).
- Steward a relationship with US Senators and US Representatives from your state to include
scheduling practice visits to bring Members of Congress to an array of practice settings and
attending political events with the assistance of PTPAC in your state.
- Participate in FAL monthly meetings via Zoom. Calls are the last Wednesday of each month, with
exceptions at the end of the year to accommodate holidays.
- Provide input from the grassroots membership to APTA’s government affairs staff, including input
on the formulation of the APTA Public Policy Priorities.
- Disseminate information on federal advocacy and APTA updates to your Component Board and
membership, including the information provided to FALs via the monthly briefing memo.
- Assist in the identification and recruitment of potential APTA Key Contacts from your chapter and
ensure existing Key Contacts are meeting position requirements. Please note: Liaisons to APTA
sections or academies do not have this responsibility since Key Contacts are identified at the
- Attend regular Component meetings to relay legislative and regulatory information to the
grassroots members of your component and submit updates for your component’s newsletter.
- Coordination with your component leadership on grassroots networks, input on key issues, policy
development, and identification of emerging issues.