Governmental Affairs Updates


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Governmental Affairs Updates

Posted by: Andrea Kovalsky  | Tuesday, November 2nd, 2016

Practice Act Update:

The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) Council on Education and Health Work Force has extended an invitation to us to present highlights of our practice act changes on January 11, 2017. Approximately 10-15 ISMS physicians are expected to be in attendance. Upon the conclusion of this meeting, they will present a recommendation to the full ISMS Board regarding further action as it relates to our practice act bill. The support of the ISMS Board is imperative to the successful passage of our practice act language changes. Please continue to communicate with and educate your physicians on the importance of these changes to the practice of athletic training in Illinois. More details will be provided closer to the meeting date.

PAC Fundraisers:

The 2016 Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the State Meeting. We need donations and volunteers to make this event a success! Volunteers will staff the auction table during exhibit hours at the meeting on Sunday and assist in distributing the items to the winning bidders. Contact Charley Young ( to donate an item or volunteer.

Plans are underway for a Trivia Night Fundraiser to benefit our PAC Fund. This event is tentatively scheduled to be held in conjunction with the GLATA Annual Meeting in March 2017. Those interested in chairing this event and/or volunteering should contact Kristen Streeter (

We have also been notified by GLATA that we will be receiving $4000 from their matching and reimbursement legislative grants. We are also being awarded $24,000 from the NATA Legislative Grant. Our Association has been very fortunate the past 3 years to receive such generous grant funding and this is in part to the efforts shown by our membership to fund raise on our own. Let's keep this momentum going and support our 2016 and 2017 PAC events!

In related news:

Governmental Affairs Director Kristen Streeter and Committee on Practice Advancement Chair Holly Odean-Carpenter will be attending the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association Third Party Reimbursement Symposium November 11-12, 2016in Milwaukee. This will be a substantial education and networking component for beginning the process of reimbursement legislation.

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