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Physical therapy law is a win for Hoosiers

Though it hasn’t made big headlines, a bill passed this spring by the General Assembly is a major step forward for Hoosiers who want more choice, greater efficiency and lower cost in their health care.

HB 1034, which became law July 1, gives Indiana residents direct access to physical therapy, meaning that a person can be evaluated by a physical therapist and receive up to 24 days of treatment without first obtaining a physician’s referral. The new provision also allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to refer patients for physical therapy without the additional step of obtaining a physician’s approval.

Credit is due to the bill’s author, Rep. David Frizzell; to its Senate sponsor, Patricia Miller; and to the Indiana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Hoosiers should applaud their elected officials and celebrate a common-sense move that promises to reduce unnecessary appointments and fees, speed patients’ recovery and give all of us a stronger voice in our health care.

STEPHANIE KELLY Dean College of Health Sciences University of Indianapolis.

Ask legislators to show school changes work

State legislators have passed a multitude of new laws radically changing education in Indiana.

Under these laws, teachers, schools, and corporations are feeling pressure to show inordinate amounts of student data; evidence of effectiveness; and compliance that these new rules are adhered to with fidelity.

To preserve a pillar of democracy, Hoosiers should now ask their representatives, “Show us your data, evidence, and compliance that these laws are in the public interest; show us from what rational, scientific basis your laws for education are determined.”

If public education is to once again thrive in Indiana, Hoosiers must begin asking their lawmakers these same questions and voting those out who provide no answers.

JOHN STOFFEL Huntington

With immigrants gone, Americans will do work

History can often give us answers to today’s problems and the never ending illegal immigration situation is a perfect example.

We have more people on welfare and the highest number not paying federal taxes at any time in history. But today you can be unemployed long term and still live a comfortable life. Benjamin Franklin said that being poor should be uncomfortable, with the idea being that you’ll work to improve your life.

What’s this have to do with illegal immigration? The immigrants largely do low-wage unskilled manual labor. The unemployed Americans could do this work, but why should they?

But if the immigrants would no longer be available to do this work, the employers will have to raise their pay to the point that Americans will do it or their unemployment benefits are reduced, and being poor becomes uncomfortable again, and then everybody wins.

The immigration problem is only a problem because the laws already on the books aren’t being followed. First we need the political will to actually control illegal immigration, and then everybody wins.

KEN SELKING Decatur

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