Oregon

 

REP. JULIE PARRISH

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

HOUSE DISTRICT

 

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2013

Contact: Rep. Julie Parrish, 503-986-1437

 

REP. PARRISH PASSES HB 2684 TO MAKE

ACCESS TO PHYSICAL THERAPY EASIER FOR OREGONIANS

 

SALEM, OR – In a move that will help lower costs and increase access for Oregonians to physical therapy, the Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 2684 with a unanimous vote on Wednesday, March 6. The legislation, sponsored and carried by Rep. Julie Parrish (R – West Linn), removes the 60-day limit on physical therapy without an additional referral. This restriction is outdated, arbitrary and contrary to medical evidence.

 

“Physical therapy is an important step for people recovering from accidents and injuries, and this legislation will increase Oregonians access to it,” Parrish said. “Physical therapy is often an on-going requirement for patients and requiring them to go back to their primary care physician to get another referral every 60-days is unnecessary, time consuming and adds costs.

 

Granting patients full access to physical therapy has proven to be safe and results in better health outcomes, more timely care, higher patient satisfaction and lower costs. In her floor speech, Rep. Parrish shared her own experience of an auto accident her family was involved in.

 

“Unfortunately, my husband took the brunt of the accident and will require on-going physical therapy,” she said. “With this bill, people like Mark won’t have to go back every 60-days for another referral. It will save money, time and provide for better care overall.”

 

Rep. Julie Parrish is in her second term representing West Linn and Tualatin. For more information, contact Rep. Parrish at 503-986-1437 or rep.julieparrish@state.or.us.

 

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