APTA Exhibits at 2012 NCSL Legislative Summit

APTA was again a leading exhibitor at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit, held August 6-9, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago. APTA's sponsorship and participation in the seventh annual NCSL "Walk for Wellness" and the APTA physical therapy information booth were prominent features at this year's event.

State lawmakers and legislative staff participated in warm-up exercises, led by Patti Naylor, PT, MS, and Chris Egizio, PT at the "Walk for Wellness," a 5K run/walk to raise awareness of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, while drawing attention to health disparities that exist in underserved communities.

In addition, conference attendees took the "PT Challenge" at the APTA exhibit booth in which participants to correctly answer quiz questions on direct access, protection for the term "physical therapy," and the detrimental effect of high patient co-pays for PT services, to be eligible for a drawing for a Kindle Fire. This and other activities drew numerous state lawmakers from across the country to the APTA booth where APTA State Government Affairs staff and Illinois Physical Therapy Association volunteers educated them about direct access to physical therapist services, referral for profit (POPTS), infringement concerns, reimbursement challenges, and other issues important to the physical therapy profession at the state level.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. This year's Legislative Summit attracted more than 5,000 state legislators, regulators, association representatives, corporations, and public policy experts from around the country. Highlights from this year's event are posted below. Special thanks to Illinois Chapter President Sandy Levi, PT, PhD, and the following Illinois members for volunteering with APTA at with this year’s event: Patti Naylor, PT, MS; Jeff Damaschke, PT, DPT, MS, OCS; Donna Cech, PT, DHS, PCS; Blake Stahl, PT, NCS; and Chris Egizio, PT.

NCSL 2012: Image 01
Illinois chapter President Sandy Levi (left) and member Patti Naylor discussed physical therapy legislative issues with conference attendees at the APTA information booth in the exhibit hall. 
NCSL 2012: Image 02
Patti Naylor and Chris Egizio lead conference attendees in a warm up before the seventh annual Walk for Wellness in Grant Park. APTA is a proud sponsor of this annual event. 
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Illinois chapter members Patti Naylor (center left) and Donna Cech (center right) help conference attendees take the "PT Challenge" quiz to enter the Kindle Fire raffle as APTA staff Rene Malone (left) looks on. 
NSCL 2012: Winners
APTA Sr. State Affairs Specialist Angela Chasteen (left) presents the grand prize Kindle Fire to Lora Hawkins (right) and her daughter Caty Hawkins (center), the winners of the "PT Challenge" raffle. To enter the drawing, conference attendees had to complete a brief quiz on physical therapy state legislative issues, including direct access, protection of the term "physical therapy," and high patient copays for physical therapy. 
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