Petition to Support HB 1263 – Increase Patient Access to Physical Therapy- Reaches 10,000 Signatures Surge of Supporters Evidence of Strong Public Support
Austin, TX – April 1, 2015 - The Texas Physical Therapy Association announced today its online petition to support House Bill 1263 has reached 10,000 supporters. A surge in supporters, approximately 4,000, coincides with the recent launch of MyChoicePT.com, the hub of legislative information, milestones, testimonials and facts on potential impacts to patient access to physical therapy.
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo), HB 1263 takes a critical step toward eliminating the referral requirement for Texans who choose to seek physical therapy services. There are 47 states that allow patient access to physical therapy treatment without a doctor referral, meaning 200 million Americans have better access to care than Texans.
“HB 1263 removes hurdles that can keep patients from getting treatment they need to live a healthy, pain free life,” says Paul Hardin, Executive Director/CEO of the Texas Physical Therapy Association. “The support for HB 1263 is proof that Texans want the freedom to make their own choices about their health care options. Our campaign is building momentum but we still have a lot of work to do and we’re focused on securing a favorable decision for those we represent.”
HB 1263 does not allow physical therapists to practice medicine or treat patients outside their scope of practice. The treatments physical therapists are allowed by the state to administer would not change, and therapists would still be required by law to refer patients to another healthcare professional for conditions requiring treatments outside of physical therapy.