On April 16, almost 50 massage therapists—members of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA)—and students congregated at the state capitol to meet with and provide complimentary seated massage therapy sessions to senators, state representatives and legislative staff “to educate them about the concerns of massage therapists and past and proposed legislative actions that affect massage therapists’ ability to practice and earn a livelihood,” according to a statement on the FSMTA’s website.

The event was FSMTA’s annual Legislative Awareness Day.

Many members also attended a Senate Banking and Insurance Committee hearing, where FSMTA President Leiah Carr addressed the committee on PSB 7152, a bill seen by many as a way to replace the revisions to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance that were signed into law in 2012.

Additionally, Madison-Mahoney speculated that if the bill becomes law, it could take a relatively long time for providers to receive payment. “Massage therapy will be a thing of the past for those in auto accident, because LMTs will not be able to accept accident cases if they have to wait three to four years for payment,” she said.

“The bill was passed out of the Senate Banking and Insurance committee but has not been assigned to any other committees nor is there a companion bill in the house,” noted the FSMTA’s site.

Click here to watch the video of the committee meeting at 21:18