Protect PT

Become a Champion for the Profession! 

APTA Maryland's Top Issues

Fair Copays, Social Justice, Health Equity, Telehealth

            Join us for our 2021 Legislative Week Feb 8-13, 2021. Protecting patient care and the physical therapy profession requires advocacy and we need your voice in Annapolis. New in 2021, the Chapter will be coordinating lobby visits throoughout the week so more members can participate. Each day will begin with a briefing by our legislative team on the current bills affecting the profession at 8:00 am.  We encourage anyone meeting with legislators, to attend one of these briefings. Then it’s off to meet our legislators via Zoom (and we even set up the appointments for you.)  

           We are also working on scheduling a special town hall during leg week with the key legislators from the Senate and House health committees. More information coming soon.

Before You Go:

  • 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.

Mentor a New Generation of Advocates

  • The success of our efforts not only depends on the number of voices, but also on having an informed and prepared group of advocates. Each district group is led by a mentor who has experience in the profession and with advocacy.

  • Mentors must participate in a mandatory online training (earn 0.1 FREE CEU) prior to the event. There will also be time for Q&A. Available February 1st.

On Site Tips:

  • 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.

  • Dress appropriately. Business attire is expected as we will be representing the profession when we speak with state legislators.

  • The event starts at 8:00 am with speaker presentations, a legislative overview, and panel discussion at Calvary United Methodist Church.

  • At 8:45 everyone will receive their packets and depart with their groups to talk with legislators and their staff on your own about the issues highlighted during the briefing.  Each group will have separate legislator folders.

  • Your legislator may be in session, do not be discouraged. Let the his/her staff member know you were here to speak to them. Please do not forget to leave a legislator folder with bills you wish them to support and or oppose.

  • If you do get to speak to your legislator be confident, and precise. Remember, they are busy but they do WANT to hear from you. You are helping them by approaching them.

  • Thank you letters are provided to the leaders for each group. Please complete them and your debrief form available on the Action APP. Search "APTA Action" in your Apple or Google Play app store to download the app today! When you launch the APP, select state advocacy and then Maryland. 

Briefing and Reference Information
      

Learning About the Issues
  • APTA Maryland members can track bills we are monitoring and join legislative committee meetings to learn about the issues, get talking points, etc. We will also provide briefing packets to anyone meeting with their legislator on behalf of the chapter and profession.
How to be an Advocate

Schedule

8:00 am Briefing
• President - Kevin Platt
• Director for Government Relations - JD Sheppard
• APTA Director for State Govt Affairs 
• Lobbying Firm - Barbara Marx Brocato and Assoc.
Followed by walk to the Legislature All appointments should be done by Noon

Transportation and Parking Travel: Set up carpools if possible

Parking: Everyone can park at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium which is located off Rowe Boulevard between Farragut Road and Taylor Avenue. Current fees are $5.00 all day parking. You can walk to the church from there and then after the briefing everyone will walk over to the legislature.

We are always here to answer any questions and explore any suggestions you have regarding this event.

Location Annapolis, Maryland             

Did you Register? We need your information so we can set up your appointments with your legislators. Be sure to provide either your school, work, or home address.