As many of you may have seen on various massage postings there is some confusion as to the repeal of PIP and the implementation of Mandatory Bodily Injury.
First AMTA has been involved in the discussions meetings and legislative committee meetings from the beginning.In the Senate SB 1766 by Senator Lee we offered up language that would have removed the prohibition against the use of massage, in the new med pay. This language was removed as the Senate position would no re-addition of cost drivers such as massage and acupuncture.
AMTA then took the position to support the HB 1063 by Representative Grall that is the repeal of PIP with no med pay provision and the enactment of mandatory bodily injury. We were successful in getting this bill off the House floor. It now resides in the Senate .
However, the issue of med pay continues to plague the Senate bill. AMTA will continue to push for the House bill. It is clear that the Senate under the direction of President Negron ( the author of many of the last PIP changes) that they are only interested in MBI if a med pay is included and that they would prefer most if not all the money to go to hospitals.
Feel secure that AMTA has been working on this issue since the beginning of session along with Workers compensation, and all other bills that may impact the practice of massage.
If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch.
If you would like to contact your legislator on this issue please have them support the House position, HB 1063 by Representative Grall