State Senator Van Taylor (R-Plano) and State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-North Richland Hills) introduced SB 728 and HB 2118, which would give physical therapists 30 days of direct access to a patient without an appropriate referral. The Texas Orthopaedic Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and Texas Pediatric Society are among the medical groups that oppose SB 728 and HB 2118.
Physicians are strongly encouraged to contact their state representatives and senators and ask them to oppose SB 728 and HB 2118. TOA has prepared a form e-mail that you can send to your lawmakers. However, we strongly encourage you to delete the text and put the message in your own words to make the message stand out. State lawmakers receive numerous form e-mails each day. They are more likely to pay attention to a personally crafted e-mail.
Click here to read the response from Texas medical specialty societies.
Click here to read the one-pager that was shared with lawmakers.
Click here to read the message about differential diagnosis for lawmakers.