February 26, 2018:
I just want to take a couple minutes of your time and provide an update on HB 5213 and it’s companion bill in the Senate, SB 3397. It has been just over a week since the bills were introduced in the Illinois legislature and there was no movement beyond the initial assignment to the Rules Committee in the House and the Assignments Committee in the Senate.
I have had many questions regarding the reasoning behind the bills. From what we have been told, the IDFPR is looking to deregulate athletic trainers because we have not had any violations and that regulation may not be needed in our profession. However, it is our opinion that there have been so little violations because we have regulation.
The IATA Board of Directors has been very involved with the NATA office, our healthcare attorney, and our lobbyist in Springfield. Over the next week we will be submitting letters to the IDFPR from the NATA and the IATA outlining our opposition to deregulation. From the communications we’ve had with our lobbyist and legislators’ offices in Springfield, we are very confident that each bill will be eliminated before they get out of committee.
At this time we do not recommend at large grassroots legislative campaign, however we will always support building a relationship with your local legislators. I implore you to always keep your legislator communication professional and use your opportunity to educate your legislators. It is easy to feel discarded and disrespected, but utilize your position create an ally and build on your professional network.
I will provide another update in one week unless there is further movement on either of the bills. As always please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Matt Munjoy, MHA ATC
President - Illinois Athletic Trainers Association
Athletic Training Outreach Coordinator
Decatur Memorial Hospital
February 20, 2018:
Dear IATA Members,
On Thursday, February 15, State Representative Tom Demmer filed HB 5213 which serves to deregulate athletic trainers in the state by ending the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act. Members of the IATA Board of Directors were hard at work on Friday and Monday to gather all of the facts so that we can effectively report to the IATA members. Currently HB 5213 has been assigned to the Rules Committee. The move to deregulate athletic training in the state is similar to what some other states have experienced through their respective professional regulation departments. In similar fashion, Rep. Demmer and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) have proposed the deregulation legislation.
We have been in contact with our lobbyist in Springfield, the NATA office, and other allies in the health care profession. We will be continuing to meet with these groups throughout the week and are reasonably confident that we will be successful at remaining licensed health care professionals. At this time, this is not a massive call for action with your legislators. However we are always supportive of building relationships with your local legislators. If you choose to contact your state legislators, I ask that you do so to educate them about the athletic training profession and the importance of being licensed health care professionals.
There will be several meetings over the next week and I will provide another update to the IATA members should anything substantial occur in either direction. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I will do my best to answer them as quickly as possible. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Munjoy, MHA ATC