In a press conference June 25 at Daemen College, Daemen officials, New York Assemblyman Ray Walter (R), and New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R), announced a major change in New York State law that will improve access to healthcare that is high quality, yet less costly. The amendment to the law was initiated by Daemen, and received strong bipartisan support.
The new law will allow licensed physical therapy faculty to form nonprofit practices to treat patients and provide new clinical settings for PT students. The changes affect three Buffalo area colleges and universities that grant Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees — a total of 19 schools statewide.
“This legislative action is an excellent example of bipartisanship coming from Albany,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This legislation is brought about through cooperation between colleges, our elected officials on both sides of the aisle, and with support from the New York Physical Therapy Association.
“We expect this legislation to bring down the costs of health care, and enable those colleges and universities that are part of these changes to reach and treat patients who may have little or no insurance, or who may lack care entirely.”
Dr. Michael S. Brogan, DPT, Ph.D.,
physical therapist and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Daemen College
“I want to pay special tribute to our two State representatives, Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter, for their leadership role in sponsoring these bills. Without them it simply would not have been possible to accomplish this. I want to acknowledge the Democratic Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Assemblyman James Brennan of Brooklyn, for working together with us to bring about this great result for the faculties and physical therapy students at 19 New York colleges and universities, and those members of the public who, seeking care, will benefit from these changes.”
“I also want to thank Bobby Mills, our associate vice president for government affairs and special projects, for his hard work and coordination with the district staffs of Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Walter.”
“In taking a lead role in this effort, Daemen College will collaborate with regional hospitals, HMOs, and other healthcare providers in the region. The College vision is to develop and exercise a collaborative model leading to a standard for how chronic wound healing care can be provided in the most effective and successful manner in Western New York,” Dr. Brogan added.
The changes in the existing New York State law were also made possible through the participation and leadership of New York Assemblyman James Brennan (D) 44th, with the support of the New York State and American Physical Therapy Associations.