AMTA - MD has been working collaboratively with the Maryland Board of Massage Therapy Examiners to bring a number of items to legislation for the coming 2021 session that will begin on January 13, 2021. Getting a bill through is a major undertaking and far more likely to be successful when we work together.
The details of the bill will be shared when complete. The entire bill is focused on updating language and statute to better reflect current standards and programs. A short summary:
- Strike the term "Massage Parlor" from all instances in state statute. Replace with "Massage Business" moving forward.
- Update a reference to Universal Precautions to the correct Standard Precautions.
Collaboratively with the MBMTE:
- Update requirements for massage schools to include COMTA Approved Curriculum or equivalent which creates standards for curriculum and teachers.
- Update language used to describe massage, and clarify ambiguities around working with clothed individuals.
Remove a loophole that allows Insurance companies to not cover massage therapy. This won’t require them to pay for massage, it simply removes a blanket exclusion and is a small first step in the process of getting massage therapy accepted and paid for under health insurance.
- Finger printing requirement update which will bring the massage board in line with many other state health boards to streamline the criminal history checks and provide real time reports back to the board if a licensee or registrant has a change to their status.
Once the bill is ready to move forward details and information about how you can support this important legislation will follow.
AMTA-MD, AMTA National, along with our lobbyists actively work to support the massage profession in Maryland through advocacy and legislation.