Advocacy Day 2021 was held in a virtual format this year due to COVID-19. We had an excellent turnout with 194 registered participants. Wanda Crotwell, our lobbyist from The Southern Group, provided a very informative CEU presentation about advocacy, our current legislative strategy, and how members can be active participants in advocating for our profession in South Carolina. Participants earned 1.5 hours of CEU credit that can be counted toward licensee’s ethics and jurisprudence requirements. We are hopeful that we will be able to have an in-person Advocacy Day event in 2022.
The APTA-SC Legislative Committee was able to see its’ hard work pay off in 2021 as S.287 was passed by the SC Legislature. S.287 – regarding clarification of language for the FBI for background checks so that SC can fully participate in the PT Licensure Compact was passed by the SC Senate with a vote of 39-0 on 2/4/21 and passed by the SC House with a vote of 118-1 on 3/9/21 and was ratified and signed by the Governor on 3/15/21.
Additionally, Bill 4076: American Physical Therapy Association 100th Anniversary was passed as a concurrent resolution through both chambers of the SC State House on 3/16/21. This resolution was enacted to recognize the 100th anniversary of the APTA and its mission of building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.
The Legislative Committee is staying apprised of the current Telehealth updates throughout the state. APTA SC has signed on in support of efforts by the South Carolina Telehealth Legislation Alliance and Palmetto Care Connections in their work to call for legislation that would require health insurance payers to continue covering health care delivered virtually in South Carolina. These efforts are ongoing.