CSM 2010--APTA Advocacy
The legislative update session at CSM always draws an informed and inquisitive crowd and this year's presentation was no exception. Titled "APTA Advocacy: From Congress to the Statehouse," the session took place on Thursday and was presented by Kelly Lavin, MHA, APTA director of federal government affairs, and Angela Chasteen, APTA Associate director of state government affairs. Lavin and Chasteen discussed APTA priorities in healthcare reform, including insurance reform (coverage), payment reform, system-level reform, as well as new innovations and investments. Lavin lamented the current stalemate in Congress on a variety of healthcare issues, however, and noted that "Even before the snowstorm that just hit, Washington was completely paralyzed." At the state level, APTA continues to focus on direct access, PTA licensure, protection from infringement, POPTS, PT practice act modernization and providing legislative, advocacy and grassroots support to chapters. For a full review of this important session, take a look at the March 8 issue of ADVANCE!