Updates on the latest state and federal issues and information about how you can be involved in our grassroots efforts

The MPTA Legislative Committee works with the MPTA Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the MPTA Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for MPTA members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the MPTA office with your question at mpta@mpta.com

If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the MPTA office with your question at mpta@mpta.com

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.

The support and participation of all MPTA members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please contact the MPTA office.

Legislative News:

Special COVID-19 Video Message from MPTA President Mile Shoemaker

posted: March 20, 2020

Please click HERE to view this special message from the MPTA President, Mike Shoemaker.



SB 612 MPTA Testimony at Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Meeting January 30

posted: January 30, 2020

Visit our legislative resources page to view the testimony provided by MPTA President Michael Shoemaker at the January 30 Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee meeting.  



Senate Bill 612 Introduced - Prior Authorization Reform

posted: November 13, 2019

We are very excited to announce the introduction of Senate Bill (SB) 612 which seeks to reform prior authorization practices in Michigan.  This bill is the result of our collaboration with a large provider and consumer advocacy group coalition called Health Can’t Wait.  The legislation is but 1 component of the this campaign that also includes consumer education and collection of patient stories.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Curt Vanderwall (Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon and Wexford).  The most important parts of the bill that impact physical therapy include:

  • Requiring payers to post prior authorization requirements on their public website and be readily available to providers at the point of care
  • Criteria that are based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria which:
    • Must be based on national association guidelines
    • Account for atypical patient populations/diagnoses
    • Ensure quality of care
    • Be flexible for case-by-case deviation
    • Evaluated and updated annually
    • Be developed with input from health professionals licensed in the same profession
  • Requiring payers to “conspicuously” post statistics about denials and appeals, including the top 10 reasons for denial, on their public website

Please contact your State Senator and State Representative NOW and tell them about the adverse impact that prior authorization is having on our ability to deliver medically, necessary care to our patients.  For more information on the Health Can’t Wait coalition and to submit your patients’ stories, visit https://www.healthcantwait.org/


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