Direct Access in California: The Last Hard Mile

Editors Note: SB924 was held in Committee due to changes in the nature of the bill. It  died in the Assembly Rules Committee on August 31, 2012. Please refer to the CPTA’s website for an official statement and synopsis of the situation.

As many PTs in California know, the Golden State recently moved one step closer to having unlimited Direct Access. Consumer Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services (SB 924) passed out of the Assembly Business & Professions Committee June 26 with 8 yes votes and 1 no; very promising news.

The bill is currently waiting to be heard by the California Committee on Appropriations on August 8th. With just about two weeks until the hearing, now is the time to sprint to the finish line. One must look no further than culture changing revolutions and videos gone viral in minutes to realize the power of social media. We encourage all PTs, aides, assistants, students, friends and family to take to Twitter and make their voices heard.

Direct your Tweets at Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes (@district39), Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Assembly Member Diane L. Harkey, (@DianeHarkey) Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Governor Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) telling them why California needs Direct Access. Use the hashtag #PromoteSB924 so people can find and follow the conversation.

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