You have all done a wonderful job communicating with our senators, it is making a big difference. We are in contact with Revenue committee on changing terminology in the taxation bills. We really do have the best members!
The date has been set for LB 347: March 20 1:30pm. This bill is seeking to pull reflexology from the umbrella of massage therapy and deregulate it all together - no licensure, voluntary certification, no over site. You can read the introduced copy of the bill here.
It is once again time to contact our senators - this time the Health and Human Service Committee. We have a letter rubric here and a call script at the bottom of this post. Contact info for HHS can be also be found on our Government Relations page.
We are opposed to this bill because:
1. Reflexology as defined, falls within Nebraska Massage Therapy Practice Act definition of massage therapy
2. Reflexology is a specialty modality of Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Nursing and other healthcare professions
3. Reflexology affects all body systems. Knowledge and understanding of all these systems is needed to understand the complexities of treatment and results.
4. As other state are unfortunately experiencing, no regulation or oversight of reflexology leaves the public with no protection from harmful or fraudulent services. Several states, including NV, WA, NC and MA, have seen substantial increase in illicit business and human trafficking associated with the unregulated reflexology businesses.
5. The members of the Technical Review Committee, Nebraska State Board of Health, and Director of Division of Public Health unanimously recommended against the proposal that reflexology be removed from the massage therapy law and scope of practice during the Credentialing Review Process conducted in 2017-2018.
Let's let's educate our senators about massage therapy and modalities. This really is a learning opportunity for them. It is easy to assume things when you don't know what you don't know. Keep up the good work!
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