Legislation allowing Oklahomans the right to access physical therapy services without a referral has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.


House Bill 1020, by Reps. Arthur Hulbert and Sean Roberts and Sen. Kim David, allows individuals to access physical therapy services without a referral from a physician. The legislation limits that access to a 30-day period.


“This is a good day for patients across Oklahoma as they will now have the same freedom that patients in almost every other state in the country have had for many years,” said Hulbert, R-Ft. Gibson. “Studies show that allowing patients this access without a referral is safe, effective, reduces delays in patient care and reduces costs.”


Roberts said the legislation is a conservative approach to health care.


“The conservative approach to health care is to eliminate the red tape,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “We must enact policies that decrease health care costs and improve patient outcomes. Physical therapy is one of the most common needs for an injured patient. Oklahomans should be able to directly access safe, conservative physical therapy services.”


The new law will take effect Nov. 1, 2014.