So now we are farther along in the process. Your Representatives in the House did not see (or did not care about) the dangers posed to you by this proposed change in scope of practice for physical therapists. They passed it and sent it along to the Senate.
H0505 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee this coming Monday, March 5, at 3pm.
I've been on a crash course educating myself about this dry needling craze. I knew a little before February 16th. I know A LOT now. Sadly, the more I learn, the more upset I become.
The training is not just bad; it is contrary to the safety measures we have been taught.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1) Email (and CALL! or even go meet with) your Senator and all the Senators on the Health & Welfare Committee.
Here's a sample letter for emailing and talking. (No time for snail mail.)
Dear Senator X,
I am your constituent (or leave this out if you aren't) and I urge you strongly to VOTE NO on H0505.
Government, and especially the Healthy & Welfare committee, exists to protect and serve the public's health & welfare! Dry needling is unsafe due to the lack of proper training and supervision currently the norm.
There has been a steep rise in SERIOUS INJURIES such as punctured lungs and even spinal cord injuries caused by physical therapists practicing acupuncture without the proper training. They are renaming it "dry needling" but if they are using an acupuncture needle and putting them into the human body how is it not acupuncture? We have standards in place here for the practice of acupuncturist. These standards protect us.
Please don't let your legacy here in Idaho be one of allowing harm thru malpractice. Protect Idahoans. Require the same standards as are already required for acupuncturists in Idaho.
Here is a website that documents 11 SERIOUS injures caused by physical therapists doing "dry needling". Please take a moment to educate yourself there. www.acupuncturesafety.org and then VOTE NO on H0505!
Sincerely and trusting in your protection, (or some such salutation)
2) You can show up a the Health & Welfare Committee meeting on Monday at 3 pm.
The public are welcome to any hearing. You sign in with your name, who you are representing (yourself, all Idahoans, etc), whether you support or oppose the bill and whether you would like to speak or not.
A whole lot of people showing up, checking the "OPPOSE" box may (or may not) have an effect on the outcome. You can just show up and sign in and listen. You do not have to speak. Expect to be there an hour or more. We don't know where this will fall on the agenda.
Senate Health & Welfare Committee Members
Sen. Lee Heider, District 24 - Chair
Statehouse (208) 332-1347 (Session Only)
Sen. Mary Souza, District 4 - Vice Chair
Statehouse (208) 332-1322 (Session Only)
Sen. Fred S. Martin, District 15
Statehouse (208) 332-1407 (Session Only)
Sen. Abby Lee, District 9
Statehouse (208) 332-1325 (Session Only)
Sen. Mark Harris, District 32
Statehouse (208) 332-1429 (Session Only)
Sen. Jeff Agenbroad, District 13
Statehouse (208) 332-1329 (Session Only)
Sen. Dan Foreman, District 5
Statehouse (208) 332-1405 (Session Only)
Sen. Antony L. Potts, District 33
Statehouse (208) 332-1313 (Session Only)
Sen. Maryanne Jordan, District 17
Statehouse (208) 332-1352 (Session Only)