GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Chair 

Matthew D. Hambleton, MSA, AT, ATC

mats.gac@gmail.com

 

The Governmental Affairs Committee of MATS (MATS GAC) is focused on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. The committee chair is Matt Hambleton, MSA, ATC.  Other members of MATS GAC are Marcus Ebejer, AT, ATC, Carrie Stevens, MBA, R.T.(T), (ARRT) and Ethan Nayback, M.Ed., AT, ATC, CEIS™, CEAS II.

The Governmental Affairs Committee has the following Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Chair attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity at the request of the President.

  2. Oversees and coordinates activities relative to legislation, political action, and regulatory activity within the State.

  3. Annually reviews and analyzes all State regulatory bills

  4. Provides direction and assistance to the members in the areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

  5. Works collaboratively with the Professional Education Committee to provide educational programming regarding legislation, political action, and regulatory activity for the members.

  6. Coordinates and develops projects for the members that will enhance areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

  7. Communicates, educates, and assists with State efforts to obtain support from other medical professions.

  8. Serves as a member of the GLATA GAC.

  9. Assists the president with all financial considerations of the legislative process and grant applications by the State in coordination with the Finance Committee and Executive Board.

  10. Coordinator attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity 

  11. Submits an annual budget request per Finance Committee specified time lines.

  12. Provides a written report for presentation to the Executive Board at all scheduled meetings.

  13. Annually signs and submits the MATS Disclosure Statement, to be kept on file by the President.

  14. Provides additional duties as assigned by the President. 

STATE LEGISLATION

 

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

 

House Resolution 35 of 2019:  Sponsors include Representatives  

Diana Farrington, Ryan Berman, Cara Clemente, Kathy Crawford,  

Alex Garza, Jewell Jones, Nate Shannon, Tim Sneller, Joseph Tate,

Robert Wittenberg, and Angela Witwer

 

A resolution to declare March 2019 as Athletic Trainer

Month in the state of Michigan.    

Whereas, Athletic trainers have a long history of providing

quality health care for many types of patients and have acquired

specific knowledge and skills through their nationally regulated

educational processes; and

Whereas, Athletic trainers provide for the treatment of an injury or illness through risk management and injury prevention, wellness promotion, clinical evaluation and assessment, immediate and emergency care, and through rehabilitation and reconditioning; and

Whereas, The National Athletic Trainers Association represents and supports 45,000 members of the athletic training profession, and more than 1,600 licensed in the state of Michigan, employed in professional and Olympic sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics, rural and urban hospitals, urgent and ambulatory care centers, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts centers, military branches, police and fire departments and physician practices; and

Whereas, Leading organizations concerned with athletic training and health care have joined together in a common desire to raise public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession and to emphasize the importance of quality health care within the aforementioned settings. Such an effort will promote the athletic training profession and provide compassionate health care for all; now, therefore, be it  

  

Resolved by the House of Representative, That the members of this legislative body declare March 2019 as Athletic Trainer Month in the state of Michigan. READ HERE

 

SENATE BILLS

 

Senate Bill 184 of 2019: Introduced by Senator Curt VanderWall on March 14, 2019.

Summary: Modifies continuing education hours and certain licensing requirements for athletic trainers.

Status: Passed the House on January 8, 2020 with 105 Yeas and 2 Nays.

  Passed the Senate on May 22, 2019 with 38 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 Approved by the Governor, signed into law, and assigned Public Act 19 of 2020 on   

 January 27, 2020. MORE HERE

 

Senate Bill 217 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Lana Theis on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require that a licensee or registrant shall not perform a medical treatment, procedure, or examination on a patient who is a minor that involves the vaginal or anal penetration of the minor unless all of the following are met:

  • The medical treatment is within the scope of practice of the licensee’s health profession;

  • A medical assistant or another licensee is in the room while the medical treatment is performed;

  • Before performing the medical treatment, the licensee obtains the written consent of a parent or guardian.

The previous subsection does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

  • If the medical treatment is necessary and is associated with an incident to a medical emergency;

  • If the medical emergency primarily relates to the patient’s urological, gastrointestinal, reproductive, gynecological, or sexual health;

  • If the medical treatment is performed at a children’s advocacy center;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purposes of sexual assault medical forensic examination;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purpose of measuring the patient’s temperature;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purpose of rectally administering a drug or medicine.

The consent form must maintained in a patient’s medical record for not less than 15 years from the date the medical treatment was performed.

Status: Introduced on March 14, 2019.  MORE HERE

 

 

HOUSE BILLS

 

 

House Bill 4334 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Jeff Yaroch on March 12, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the board of a school district or intermediate school district or a board of directors of a public school academy to ensure that a first aid response kit is installed and maintained in each school building operated by the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy. All members of a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy will be required to be trained on the use of maintenance of the first aid and response kit. A school administrator, teacher, or other school employee who in good faith uses a first aid and response kit in an emergency that threatens the life or health of a pupil is not liable in a criminal action or for civil damages except for cases of gross negligence.

Status: Introduced on March 12, 2019. MORE HERE


 

House Bill 4370 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Mary Whiteford on March 14, 2019.     

Summary: The bill will:

  • Require performance of a medical service involving vaginal or anal penetration to be included in a patient’s medical records, including records maintained by health facilities or agencies.

  • Require such records to be maintained for at least 15 years.

  • Establish administrative and criminal penalties for noncompliance regarding the required documentation of records.

  • Require both physician medical boards and the boards for chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to develop a document providing guidance on generally accepted standards of practice for services involving vaginal or anal penetration and require the document to be publicly available.

Status: Passed the House on September 18, 2019 with 106 Yeas and 3 Nays. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4371 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Roger Hauck on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill establishes criminal procedure and sentencing guidelines for the crime of intentionally failing to document certain services in a medical record and performing certain medical treatments on a minor without consent and another individual present. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4370 and Senate Bill 217, meaning that it cannot take effect unless both of those bills are enacted into law.

Status: Passed the House on September 19, 2019 with 105 Yeas and 4 Nays MORE HERE

 

 

House Bill 4372 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Annette Glenn on March 14, 2019.        

Summary: The bill will include a conviction for sexual penetration under the pretext of medical treatment in the list of grounds requiring sanctions to be imposed on a person licensed or registered under the Public Health Code. Sanctions can include denial, suspension, or revocation (including permanent revocation) of the license or registration; reprimand; fines; restitution; and community service. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4373.

Status: Passed the House on September 4, 2019 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4373 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Daire Rendon on March 14, 2019.     

Summary: The bill will require a health professional license or registration to be permanently revoked for a violation involving sexual penetration under the pretext of medical treatment. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4372.

Status: Passed the House on September 4, 2019 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4376 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Beth Griffin on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the addition of athletic trainers to the list of mandatory reporters.

Status: Passed the House on June 19, 2019 with 106 Yeas and 3 Nays. MORE HERE

 

 

House Bill 4377 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Kristy Pagan on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the creation of comprehensive training materials for individuals who are required to report suspected child abuse or child neglect. An employer must provide the training materials to that employee.

Status: Passed the House on June 19, 2019 with 109 Yeas and 0 Nays. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4384 of 2019: Introduced by Representative LaTanya Garrett on March 14, 2019. 

Summary: The bill will require a licensee or registrant who is placed on probation to notify patients and clients, employers, and hospitals of the disciplinary action in the same manner as required for those whose license or registration has been revoked or suspended.

Status: Introduced on March 14, 2019. MORE HERE

 

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

H.R.5611 Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act of 2020: Introduced by Representative Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA-11] on January 15, 2020.

Summary: The bill will direct states to establish comprehensive guidelines for schools on the treatment of youth sports concussions and help inform students on the signs, symptoms, and risks of concussions. Specifically, H.R. 5611 would implement processes for school personnel to follow if a student is suspected of having a concussion and for students and personnel to follow for the student to be gradually reintroduced to academics and physical activity. The term ‘school personnel’ includes athletic trainers.

Status: Introduced on January 15, 2020. MORE HERE

 

 

 


The Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society is a professional membership organization for Athletic Trainers (AT), Athletic Training students, and others who seek to advance the profession of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, clinical evaluation and assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.   

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