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   HB 57 Signed by Governor Roy Cooper

     June 8, 2017

Today, June 8, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 57, The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), into law. North Carolina became the 11th state to join the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.  

HB 57 will improve access to Physical Therapy services and allow military spouses and Physical Therapists from other Compact states to have their licenses mutually recognized by North Carolina. By adopting the PTLC, North Carolina will participate in a system in which a PT or PTA with a valid, unencumbered license in one participating state may obtain a compact privilege to practice in another participating state. Once the PTLC is implemented, qualified PTs and PTAs will be able to choose any or all participating compact states to gain practice privileges, but will only need to maintain licensure in their "home" state. North Carolina  joins Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Utah as members of the PTLC.
 
Dr. Kyle Covington, NCPTA President, said, "North Carolina is pleased to be the 11th state to successfully pass legislation joining the licensure compact.  This important move allowing our members to work across borders has a significant impact in our state due to the heavy military presence in North Carolina. As families move in and out of the bases in our state, military personnel and their spouses will more easily be able to practice because of the compact. Additionally, many of the therapists in North Carolina work and practice in border regions affecting both rural and urban centers in our state.  This legislation will allow those therapists to live and work across borders.  Most importantly, this legislation will benefit the citizens of our state and surrounding states. As more states pass this legislation and join the compact, patients will have access to more qualified therapists licensed to practice where the patients live."
 
States that pass the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact by June 14 will be able to have a seat on the Licensure Compact Commission. Because North Carolina passed HB 57 by June 14th, North Carolina will have a representative on the Compact Commission. The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, will appoint a delegate to the Compact Commission at its June 14, 2017 meeting. The delegate will attend the first Commission meeting that same day.
 
The House passed HB 57, the Senate substitute of The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, unanimously by a vote of 108-0 on May 30. The Physical Therapy Compact Licensure bill passed the full Senate on May 23, by a vote of 47 - 0.  The Compact passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously on May 18. The Licensure Compact was amended by Senator Wells in the Senate Health Care Committee adding SB 8, to the Compact legislation. SB 8 would ease occupational licensing burdens on military families by allowing military members and their spouses to practice their professions under licensure from another state while transitioning to the requirement of the licensing boards of North Carolina. The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact legislation was  sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange in the House.
 
If you have any questions regarding HB 57, please contact Nancy Garland at nancyjgarland@ncpt.org
 HB 57 Passes House Unanimously-108-0

  May 30, 2017

The House passed HB 57, the Senate substitute of The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, today May 30 unanimously by a vote of 108-0. The bill will be enrolled today and ratified tomorrow and presented to the Governor for his signature on Thursday, June 1. HB 57 will improve access to Physical Therapy services and allow military spouses and Physical Therapists from other Compact states to have their licenses mutually recognized by North Carolina. HB 57 will preserve state's rights for accountability to practice standards while promoting licensure portability and enhance cross state health networks.
 
The Physical Therapy Compact Licensure bill passed the full Senate on May 23, by a vote of 47-0. The Compact passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously on May 18. The Licensure Compact was amended by Senator Wells in the Senate Health Care Committee adding SB 8, to the Compact legislation. SB 8 would ease occupational licensing burdens on military families by allowing military members and their spouses to practice their professions under licensure from another state while transitioning to the requirement of the licensing boards of North Carolina.
 
The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact legislation was sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange in the House. The following states have passed the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact; Oregon,  Arizona, Tennessee, Missouri, Montana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Utah, Kentucky, Washington State, and Colorado. Two other states are pending action - Texas and New Hampshire.
 
Any states that pass the Compact Licensure legislation by June 13 will be able to serve on the Compact Licensure Commission to help develop the regulations governing the Licensure Compact. NCPTA is working hard to make sure North Carolina passes HB 57 by June 13.
 
If you have any questions regarding HB 57, please contact Nancy Garland at

   Physical Therapy Compact Licensure Bill, HB 57
   Passes Senate Health Care Committee

     May 18, 2017

On May 18, HB 57, The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact was passed unanimously by the Senate Health Committee. HB 57 will improve access to Physical Therapy services and allow military spouses and Physical Therapists from other Compact states to have their licenses mutually recognized by North Carolina. HB 57 will preserve state's rights for accountability to practice standards while promoting licensure portability and enhance cross state health networks. The Compact Licensure bill now awaits actions by the full Senate. 
 
The bill was amended by adding SB 8, a bill introduced by Senator Wells earlier in the year. SB 8 would ease occupational licensing burdens on military families by allowing military members and their spouses to practice their professions under licensure from another state while transitioning to the requirement of the licensing boards of North Carolina. The bill will now move to the Senate floor

HB 57, sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange, passed the North Carolina House unanimously on February 27. Ten states have passed the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact with action pending in 4 other states. Any states that pass the Compact Licensure legislation by June 13 will be able to serve on the Compact Licensure Commission to help develop the regulations governing the Licensure Compact. NCPTA is working hard to make sure North Carolina passes HB 57 by June 13.

If you have any questions regarding HB 57, please contact Nancy Garland at nancyjgarland@ncpt.org.   

 

   Compact Licensure Legislation Moves Through the House

     February 27, 2017
On Monday night, February 27, The North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB 57, The ENACT PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT by a vote of 115 to 0. HB 57 was reported out of the House Finance Committee on Thursday, February 23 unanimously. Two technical amendments were added to the bill in the Finance Committee.The bill had been previously voted unanimously out of the House Health Committee on February 15.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange.The bill will improve access to Physical Therapy services and allow military spouses and PTs from other Compact states to have their licenses mutually recognized by North Carolina. HB 57 will preserve state's rights for accountability to practice standards, while promoting licensure portability and enhance cross state health networks.

Four states have passed the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact in 2016 - Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee. The first 10 states to enact the Licensure Compact will form the Compact Commission. 18 states plan to introduce Compact legislation during the 2017 legislative session. NCPTA is working hard to make North Carolina one of the 1st ten states to pass the Compact legislation in order to serve on the Compact Commission. 

The bill will now go to the Senate. If your legislator voted for the bill, please sent them a thank you.  To find your legislator, go to Who Represents Me.  
 
   House Health Committee Votes HB 57 Out of Committee

     February 15, 2017

On February 15, the House Health Committee voted HB 57--The ENACT PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE COMPACT out of committee. The vote was unanimous. The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin, and Representative Holly Grange. The bill will improve access to Physical Therapy services, allow military spouses and PTs from other Compact states to have their license mutually recognized by North Carolina.

NCPTA lobbyist Alex Miller was interviewed by WRAL after the hearing.

 Watch the interview here.

 

   Compact Licensure Legislation Introduced in the House

     February 7, 2017

On February 7, Representative John Szoka, Representative Grier Martin and Representative Holly Grange introduced HB 57, a bill to enact a physical therapy licensure compact which would allow military spouses, and PTs and PTAs from other states that have adopted the PT Licensure Act, to have their licenses mutually recognized by North Carolina. The Compact, HB 57, will streamline the mechanism for licensed PTs and PTAs to practice in the state where the military member is stationed. The Licensure Compact means the military spouse will not incur long delays waiting for licensure and can resume working almost immediately after a duty-required move. HB 57 will also allow therapists to practice across state lines which will help connect consumers with the physical therapy services they need, provide greater consumer access to physical therapy care, and address licensure portability issues for military spouses that are PTs and PTAs

The bill was referred to the House Health and Finance Committee. There maybe be a hearing on the bill as early as this week. In order for North Carolina to be a member of the Compact Commission that will determine the rules for the Compact, it is necessary that North Carolina be one of the first 10 states to enact the Compact. 4 states passed the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact in 2016 - Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee. 18 states plan to introduce compact during the 2017 legislative session. The first 10 states to enact the Licensure compact will form the Compact Commission. Thus, we are urging quick passage of HB 57. If your representative is one of the original 3 sponsors listed above, please contact them and thank them for their support of this important bill. Their respective e-mails follows: 
John.Szoka@ncleg.netGrier.Martin@ncleg.net
Holly.Grange@ncleg.net

The purpose of the House Bill 57 is to:
  • Support military members and relocating military spouses;
  • Enhance the ability to protect public health and safety;
  • Enhance exchange of licensure, investigative, and disciplinary information;
  • Preserve state's rights for accountability to practice standard while promoting licensure portability; and
  • Enhance cross state health networks.
 
Physical Therapy Licensure Compact is supported by:
  • North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • North Carolina Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Council of State Governments
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • Federation of State Medical Boards
  • National Military Family Association
 
If you have an questions regarding the bill, please contact Nancy Garland at nancyjgarland@ncpt.org.