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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 8, 2017 02:10 PM
From: Representative Stephen Barrar
To: All House members
Subject: Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act
 
In the near future, I will be introducing a very important piece of legislation to assist spouses of our Armed Forces personnel.

I plan to introduce the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act (PTLC) in order to enhance license portability and improve access to health care for patients while ensuring the protection of the public.

State legislatures across the nation have begun to formally consider the introduction and enactment of this compact. Currently, nine states have enacted the compact, three states the compact has passed one chamber and in five states the compact has been introduced.

While military spouses as a group are more educated than their civilian counterparts and many are actively pursuing careers, they often struggle to find work. This is due in large part to the challenges of military life, including frequent military ordered moves. The average military spouse will move six to nine times over the course of his or her service member’s career.

The introduction, consideration and passage of this compact will effectively:
  • Reduce licensure barriers for our military spouses.
  • Ensure patient safety and facilitate multi-state practice in a state-based regulatory system.
  • Facilitate portable careers for military spouses; military spouses respond to the reality of frequent moves by seeking out portable careers in health care.

The PTLC eases the process of obtaining a new license, allowing military spouses to integrate into their new community and become productive individuals in their vocations almost immediately.

The roll out of this compact is being spear-headed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Council of State Governments.

Please consider sponsoring this important legislation.
In the near future, I will be introducing a very important piece of legislation to assist spouses of our Armed Forces personnel.

I plan to introduce the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act (PTLC) in order to enhance license portability and improve access to health care for patients while ensuring the protection of the public.

State legislatures across the nation have begun to formally consider the introduction and enactment of this compact. Currently, nine states have enacted the compact, three states the compact has passed one chamber and in five states the compact has been introduced.

While military spouses as a group are more educated than their civilian counterparts and many are actively pursuing careers, they often struggle to find work. This is due in large part to the challenges of military life, including frequent military ordered moves. The average military spouse will move six to nine times over the course of his or her service member’s career.

The introduction, consideration and passage of this compact will effectively:
  • Reduce licensure barriers for our military spouses.
  • Ensure patient safety and facilitate multi-state practice in a state-based regulatory system.
  • Facilitate portable careers for military spouses; military spouses respond to the reality of frequent moves by seeking out portable careers in health care.

The PTLC eases the process of obtaining a new license, allowing military spouses to integrate into their new community and become productive individuals in their vocations almost immediately.

The roll out of this compact is being spear-headed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Council of State Governments.

Please consider sponsoring this important legislation.
In the near future, I will be introducing a very important piece of legislation to assist spouses of our Armed Forces personnel.

I plan to introduce the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act (PTLC) in order to enhance license portability and improve access to health care for patients while ensuring the protection of the public.

State legislatures across the nation have begun to formally consider the introduction and enactment of this compact. Currently, nine states have enacted the compact, three states the compact has passed one chamber and in five states the compact has been introduced.

While military spouses as a group are more educated than their civilian counterparts and many are actively pursuing careers, they often struggle to find work. This is due in large part to the challenges of military life, including frequent military ordered moves. The average military spouse will move six to nine times over the course of his or her service member’s career.

The introduction, consideration and passage of this compact will effectively:
  • Reduce licensure barriers for our military spouses.
  • Ensure patient safety and facilitate multi-state practice in a state-based regulatory system.
  • Facilitate portable careers for military spouses; military spouses respond to the reality of frequent moves by seeking out portable careers in health care.
The PTLC eases the process of obtaining a new license, allowing military spouses to integrate into their new community and become productive individuals in their vocations almost immediately.

The roll out of this compact is being spear-headed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Council of State Governments.

Please consider sponsoring this important legislation.



Introduced as HB1836