2017 Capitol Hill Day
Approximately 80 athletic trainers from 22 states ventured to Washington, D.C., May 16 for NATA’s annual Capitol Hill Day.
More than 200 meetings with legislators and their staff took place throughout the day to discuss S. 808, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, the House version of which (H.R. 302) was passed by Congress in January; H.R. 1104, the Veterans to Enhance Studies Through (TEST) Accessibility Act; and H.R. 1267/S. 482, the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.
Amy Callender, NATA’s Director of Government Affairs, recorded a webinar that provides an introduction to the lobbying process with helpful tips to consider for ATs who are new to the advocacy process.
2017 Capitol Hill Day Schedule
Monday, May 15, 2017
Evening NATAPAC Event (optional, details to follow, $50 to participate, separate registration)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7 a.m. Registration. Complimentary continental breakfast for attendees. Final briefing, last minute questions, etc.
9 a.m. Depart Hotel, use Metro to travel to Capitol Hill. A room will be available at the hotel to store your luggage. DO NOT BRING LUGGAGE TO CAPITOL HILL!
9:30 a.m. Arrive at Capitol Hill. Meet on the steps of the Capitol for a group photo. There will be an opportunity for state delegation photos also.
10 a.m. Congressional meetings start
* Please do not book departure flights prior to 4:30.
Since our inception we’ve conducted more than 2,000 legislative meetings with Congressional representatives.
2016 Capitol Hill Day
With NATA 2016 taking place so close to Washington, D.C., the association decided to hold its annual Capitol Hill Day Wednesday, June 22, in conjunction with the convention instead of its customary February time slot. This event was the largest NATA Capitol Hill Day to date, with more than 400 participants representing 48 states.
NATA secured 1,200 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, during which NATA members advocated for two important pieces of legislation: H.Res. 112: Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights, which establishes 10 best practices to make secondary school sports safer, and H.R. 921: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, which clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and other medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.
“Youth sports are critical to building character, socializing and learning how to lose,” said U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania, who is a sponsor of H.R. 921 and the Secondary School Student Athlete’s Bill of Rights. “Of everything I know, a lot of it was learned on the sports field.”
The Capitol Hill Day visits led to 14 new cosponsors for H.R. 921. On July 13, after two years of work by our members and advocacy team, H.R. 921 was unanimously passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee full committee markup. This is the first time a piece of NATA legislation has progressed to hearing for a full committee markup and is a momentous occasion for NATA and the athletic training profession.
Update: H.R. 921 has been reintroduced as H.R. 302 and was passed unanimously by the House in January 2017.