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Minutes for HB2279 - Committee on Public Health and Welfare

Short Title

Enacting the physical therapy licensure compact and authorizing criminal history record checks.

Minutes Content for Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Chairperson Hilderbrand opened the hearing on HB2279.

Jenna Moyer, Staff Revisor gave an overview of the bill.

Jennifer Caswell testified as a proponent of HB2279. She stated that the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, or PTLC, is a state-based solution to the challenges of interstate licensure portability for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.  It improves patient access, helps meet workforce needs, provides greater consumer access to specialty physical therapy care and addresses licensure portability issues. (Attachment 7)

Stacia Troshynski Brown, in her proponent testimony stated that joining the PTLC just makes sense. Joining the PTLC keeps state-educated therapists right where they belong, impacting the health of Kansans. It supports the military members and their families who sacrifice for the country and supports access to healthcare for often-forgotten rural areas. It also improves efficiencies in the regulatory system.  (Attachment 8)

They took questions from committee members.

Written only, proponent testimony was submitted by:

Camille Snyder, APTA-Ks Chapter President (Attachment 9 )

AJ Thomas, DPT, CEO, Rooks County Health Center (Attachment 10)

Chairperson Hilderbrand closed the hearing on HB2279.