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Monthly Work of AMTA-WA Lobbyists

Wednesday, November 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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AMTA asks for a monthly summary of the work of our AMTA-WA lobbyists. With the goal of keeping our members up to date on what’s happening in Washington State, AMTA-WA is sharing those reports with our members. The reports are organized by the main topics of work.

  1. Rules. In preparation for the November 9th meeting of the Board of Massage, AMTA-WA reviewed numerous draft rules and prepared comments for distribution to the GR committee for their review. AMTA-WA comments have now been submitted.

  2. Trafficking. We met with a key legislator concerning the issue of trafficking. The discussion centered on how to combat trafficking without placing a significant burden for trying to stop it on LMTs through higher licensure fees. While our Department of Health regulates unlicensed practice, the reality is that most unlicensed massage practice involves trafficking. AMTA works with a group called the Polaris Project, and we’ve asked for additional information.

  3. Massage fees. AMTA-WA continues to monitor the issue of massage fees very closely. Please see previous information on this topic for more details.

  4. Alternatives to opioids. We tracked implementation of prescriber rules related to opioids, and were pleased to note references to alternatives to opioids in prescriber education materials, to specifically include massage.

  5. More on alternatives to opioids. We followed up with the Governor’s office on ongoing efforts of the Health Care Authority to remove barriers to patients accessing alternatives to opioids. Previously, we had shared with them AMTA’s document titled “Massage Therapy in Integrative Care & Pain Management.” Publication of this document was very timely, and we thank AMTA for making this a priority.

  6. Removing barriers to accessing alternatives to opioids. We reviewed legislation from West Virginia that focused on opioids and alternatives, as we were told it would be basis of legislation submitted in 2019. We expect to be working together with the chiropractors, as well at PTs and acupuncturists on a bill to assure at least 20 visits for alternatives to opioids, as well as lower co-pays to match those for primary care. Stay tuned.


Susan Sherman
GR Committee Chair

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