It has been a challenging few days in the Respiratory Therapy profession in Iowa, but the outcome is positive.
The subcommittee for HSB 138 to remove licensure for Respiratory Therapists did not feel like the bill should advance any further based on communication before and during the subcommittee meeting. Representative Kaufmann killed the bill in his closing remarks at the subcommittee meeting in Monday, February 27th by ripping the bill in half. What a powerful message!
The grass roots strategy was extremely effective.
A special Thank You to the AARC and Matt Eide and his team for guidance and support during the last few days as we worked diligently to rapidly spread our concern and opposition of the bill.
This result would not have been possible without the overwhelming number of Respiratory Therapists, students, instructors, IASRC board members, patients and healthcare administrators and staff for contacting their legislators. It had the most profound impact on the desired outcome!
There will be discussions about licensure in the state of Iowa before the 2018 legislative session. The IASRC lobbyist will keep the IASRC leadership informed as opportunities for input become available.
REPEALS OF CERTAIN BOARDS —— CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
This division eliminates the following boards and removes all licensing and registration requirements for their regulated professions: the board of respiratory care and polysomnography, the board of massage therapy, the board of hearing aid specialists, the board of barbering, and the interior design examining board.
The division removes licensing requirements and imposes registration requirements for the following professions: dietitians, athletic trainers, funeral directors, mental health counselors, marital and family therapists, social workers, speech pathologists, and audiologists.
The division requires dietitians, funeral directors, mental health counselors, marital and family therapists, and social workers to register with the department of public health, athletic trainers with the board of educational examiners, and speech pathologists and audiologists with the board of medicine. The division removes licensing requirements for prosthetists, orthotists, and pedorthists and does not require registration, but retains the board of podiatry.
The IaSRC opposes this bill. Contact your Senator and Representative and let them know your side of this important issue. Talking points are as follows:
Risk for Harm to the Consumer
Specialized Skills and Training
No Alternative to State Regulation
Distinguishable Scope of Practice