Monday 6, 2009
             Northern Michigan University students Eric Lengas of Peshtigo, Wis., and Megan Shipp of Northbrook, Ill., joined a record number of athletic trainers from Michigan colleges and universities who participated in the National Athletic Training Association’s “Hit the Hill” day in Washington, D.C. in March.

            Eleven certified athletic trainers and six athletic training students comprised the Michigan delegation, which met with legislative aides and assistants from the offices of nine congressmen and two senators.

            Lengas and Shipp are both juniors in NMU’s athletic training program. They traveled to the conference with NMU athletic training professor Julie Rochester.

            In conjunction with “Hit the Hill Day,” Congressman Ed Towns introduced Athletic Trainers’ Equal Access to Medicare Act of 2009 HR 1137 into the House of Representatives. The bill would improve patient access to athletic trainers, allow physician choice of a wider range of qualified health care professionals and restore the ability of athletic trainers to work incident-to-physician, a term which refers to the services and supplies that are furnished as a necessary, although incidental, part of a physician’s professional services.