Roegner Introduces Bill Expanding Employment Opportunities for Physical Therapists
COLUMBUS—State Senator Kristina Roegner
(R-Hudson) this week introduced legislation that will enable Ohio to join the Physical Therapy Compact, allowing eligible physical therapists to work in multiple states. The Physical Therapy Compact
is currently made up of 18 states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri and Colorado among others. Under the bill, residents of PT Compact states would be able to purchase a compact privilege in another member state and begin to practice physical therapy almost immediately.
"This legislation would remove unnecessary licensure restrictions on individuals who wish to provide physical therapy in other states and open the door for other physical therapy professionals to come to Ohio," Roegner said. "This bill is another significant step forward in reducing occupational barriers, which in this case will also have the additional benefit of increased access to care."
This legislation is another effort to reduce unnecessary licensure restrictions and aims to expand economic opportunity for Ohio physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Senate Bill 272 will now be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.