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News & Press: Legislative Launches to Update Texans on Legislation to Increase Access to Physical Therapy Svcs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Launches to Update Texans on Legislation to Increase Access to Physical Therapy Services

New website spotlights House Bill 1263, giving Texans the right to choose
physical therapy services

Austin, TX – March 17, 2015 - The Texas Physical Therapy Association today announced the launch of, a website in support of House Bill 1263.  

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 46 states that allow patient access to physical therapy without a doctor referral, meaning 200 million Americans have better access to care than Texans.

“House Bill 1263 is critical to the millions of Texans who benefit from the treatment of physical therapists,” says Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS, President of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Ft. Worth. “We are pleased to launch this new tool for Texans to not only get status reports on this important legislation, but to also share their stories on how this legislation will benefit their health.” features the stories of physical therapy patients like Chase Bearden, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a gymnastics accident and routinely visits his physical therapist to stay agile. Bearden is also the Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, one of the organizations endorsing HB 1263.  “It’s important for Texas to allow direct access to physical therapy so people can decide for themselves if they need to see a physical therapist or if they need to see a doctor,” says Bearden. “The majority of people will be able to make that decision for themselves.”

The new website also features:
•    Details on HB 1263, how it will change current regulations and improve access to physical therapy services
•    The latest news on the status of HB 1263 in the 84th Texas Legislature
•    Patient testimonial videos
•    Information on how to get involved and contact elected representatives
•    Interviews with representatives of organizations supporting HB 1263
•    Recent studies that show how direct patient access to physical therapy services lowers cost and returns patients to function more quickly

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.

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