To whom it may concern,
As a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of IL, I am requesting your support for HB 2431. HB 2431 is the proposed renewal for the Massage Licensed Act that is currently in sunset. The American Massage Therapy Association IL Chapter (AMTA-IL) and the IL Department of Finance and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) have discussed the Act and are in agreement with the changes that are represented in HB 2431. We would appreciate your support in agreeing with this Bill and co-sponsoring it.
To further promote the profession, I would like to meet with you to discuss the indications and benefits of Massage Therapy. AMTA 2021 Massage Profession Research Report states that 83% of Americans feel massage therapy should be considered healthcare. Half of the nation’s physicians have recommended massage therapy. As Massage Therapists, we work as healthcare providers providing a significant role in the integrative approach to healthcare. We do work individually without the need for medical referral. The enclosed information sheet was developed by our National AMTA association.
As you can see Massage Therapy can be used in various conditions and treatment approaches:
- Pain management
- Behavioral Health
- Acute medical treatment
- General wellness.
The Veterans Administration (VA) has been referring clients to massage therapy as a means of working with PTSD and rehabilitation efforts. Medicare and 3rd party payers are now covering massage therapy.
In regards to opioid addiction, the National Association of Attorney’s General presented to the America’s Health Insurers Plans (AHIP) that “Massage Therapy is not the only solution to this problem, but it is an important part of a comprehensive national approach to reducing addiction and its attendant costs”. The cost benefits for IL can be seen on the attachment.
Since the licensing act is to protect the consumer, it is in the best interest to move the profession forward as healthcare, in partnership with the legislative process.
I would love to meet with you for further discussion.
Thank your for your time,
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