Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MPT-PAC?CaduceusWebs
The MPT-PAC is a Political Action Committee whose purpose is to educate legislators and candidates in support of the profession of physical therapy. Maintaining a financially strong political action committee is the best way to ensure that your profession stays healthy and strong. If you have any questions about the MPT-PAC, please contact the APTA Michigan office at (517)234-5040. Please go to the MPT-PAC Donation page on the APTA Michigan website to make your contribution.
Who can donate to the MPT-PAC?CaduceusWebs
Any individual can contribute to the MPT-PAC, but no corporate donations can be accepted. The MPT-PAC is not supported by APTA Michigan membership dues. APTA Michigan legislative successes are funded entirely from donations to the MPT-PAC. Advances in physical therapy practice in Michigan are contingent upon your generous gifts. You can donate online or send a check payable to MPT PAC, 124 West Allegan Street, Suite 1900, Lansing, MI 48933.
Why Donate to the MPT-PAC?CaduceusWebs
By financially supporting the MPT-PAC you will ensure that a single voice dedicated to protecting and advancing the profession of physical therapy will be heard where it is needed most: the state capital. The MPT-PAC educates legislators so that they can come to realize that the services and functions physical therapy professionals provide to the community are extremely beneficial.
The MPT-PAC, is a Political Action Committee that purpose is to support and protect the profession of Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about the MPT-PAC please contact the office at APTA Michigan office at 1-800-999-2782 x3251. If you would like to donate, visit the MPT-PAC Donation page.
What are some important legislative issues the MPT-PAC addresses?CaduceusWebs
Direct consumer access: Patients need full consumer access to physical therapy services to enable the profession to be able to provide the best patient care.
Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: The Compact is an agreement between member states to improve access to PT services for the public by increasing the mobility of eligible PT providers to work in multiple states. APTA MI is working to pass legislation to add the state of Michigan to the Compact.
Telehealth: Telehealth is now a well-defined and established method to deliver health services, including physical therapy care. APTA MI is working to pass legislation to keep providing telehealth services with appropriate reimbursement.
Payment: To Deliver high quality care, physical therapy services must be reimbursed at fair and equitable rates by health insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and all payers.
Insurance: Moving forward in developing firm relationships with insurers, self-insured companies, and payers of all kinds will ensure that the public is obtaining high quality, cost effective and accessbile physical therapy care.
Reimbursement: Developing and moving forward in the area of reimbursement will enable physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to deliver high quality care and also be reimbursed at fair and equitable rates with third party reimbursement. Insurance: Moving forward in developing firm relationships with insurers, self-insured companies, and payers of all kinds will ensure that the public is obtaining high quality, cost effective and accessible physical therapy care.
The MPT-PAC is trying to work toward the reduction or elimination of referral-for-profit arrangements.
What does the MPT-PAC do for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants?CaduceusWebs
Contributing to the MPT-PAC allows one to have an increased ability to contact one's local legislators, increased ability to be perceived as a local health care leader, increased opportunity to affect a legislator's image of one's facility and physical therapy services, and increased success in shaping health care policy in Michigan.
Every contribution is important. Even small contributions of $5 to $10 can make a difference.
Are contributions tax deductible?CaduceusWebs
Contributions made to political campaigns and political action committees are not tax deductible and are reported to the Board of Elections. A copy of the MPT-PAC report is filed with the State Board of Elections in Lansing, Michigan.
Can I make an anonymous contribution to the MPT-PAC?CaduceusWebs
No. We are required to report all donations to the State Board of Elections and this information is publicly available including: donor name, address, phone, and email; donor employer and address; and gift amount.
Does the MPT-PAC only give to candidates of one political party?CaduceusWebs
No, the MPT-PAC is bi-partisan. Our giving is not based on party labels. We focus strictly on physical therapy and therefore contribute to candidates that support the protection and growth of the profession of physical therapy.
How does the MPT-PAC decide whom to contribute to?CaduceusWebs
The committee assesses the previous track record of the incumbents such as accessibility to MPT-PAC and APTA Michigan leadership and our advocates, whether they carried legislation on behalf of physical therapy, or if they spoke in support of physical therapy bills. If the incumbent had any committee assignments and leadership positions is also taken into account.