Governmental Affairs Committee

​​Purpose is to monitor state and federal legislation; develop strategic relationships with external organizations; monitor the AT Practice Act; provide society members with current policy, regulatory and legislative information; and foster members involvement in legislative activities.


Find your Elected Officials

Below is a link to find your State Senator and State Representative.  Please take some time to introduce yourself to your elected officials if you have not already.  There are elections coming up this fall, so just a friendly reminder to register to vote.

Committee Chair
Troy Kleese



Committee Members

Melanie Mason

Lisa Bengston

Rural Health Care Recruitment Bill (HF196)

Athletic Trainers have been added to the Health Professional Recruitment Plan that is designed to get Healthcare providers to rural Iowa by offering to assist with student loan repayment.

See filed changes here

Iowa College Aid Health Professional Recruitment Program Application (for institutions)

Main points:

  • Priority for application will be decided based on

    • Students in their final year of a degree program leading to a license to practice as a healthcare professional THEN

    • The most recent graduates of a degree program leading to a license as a healthcare professional, with the most recent academic year graduates given priority THEN

    • Date of application

  • Applicants must have graduated from an eligible institution

    • An institution of higher learning governed by the state board of regents or an accredited private institution as defined in Iowa Code section 261.9​

    • Eligible institutions seeking to participate must complete an application provided by the commission and agree to place health care professionals in eligible rural communities

    • Eligible rural communities are defined as a medically underserved rural Iowa city with a population of less than 26,000 that is located more than 20 miles from a city with a population of 50,000 or more. Locations and distances will be consistently measured and verified by calculating the shortest travel distance on paved roads

  • The health care professional service requirement for the health care professional load repayment program is 4 years. The health care professional must annually verify, in a format acceptable to the commission, that the health care professional practiced in an eligible rural community for 12 consecutive months for each year of required service

  • The health care professional may receive up to $50,000 in state-funded repayment benefits when an eligible rural community agrees to provide matching funds of an equal or greater amount. At least a dollar-for-dollar match must be provided. Matching funds from an eligible rural community totaling in less than $50,000 will result in an equally lower state health care professional recruitment program award

    • Community is usually defined as an employer, but can be any entity in the community​

    • It is a dollar-for dollar match, example: if the community/ employer puts up $5,000/ year then the state also puts up $5,000/ year= $10,000/ year x 4 years= $40,000 in total

    • Monies are paid out at the end of each eligible year

Legislative Update 2.21.21

Athletic Training Fact Sheet/Talking Points

Legislative Update - Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society

December 23, 2020

Your local representative and senator for the Iowa legislature is set following the 2020 election.  Here is a link to finding your legislator: .  This is a good time to connect with your elected officials as we prepare for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  Establishing or advancing relationships with legislators now will make future communications easier and more productive.


The 2021 legislative session starts January 11, 2021 and could include another discussion regarding the athletic trainer license and licensing board in Iowa.  As athletic trainers, this issue is of great importance when it comes to our medical profession.  Licensure of athletic trainers protects our profession and the patients we serve while establishing a minimum standard and definition for practicing in our state.  Past legislation in this area has not negatively impacted us, however we need to prepare for this, and future, session(s). Sending a message to your legislator now provides a foundation for future discussions regarding our license, our board, and any other issue we face or propose. 


Ways to connect with your representative and your senator: 

  • Send an e-mail, subscribe to their newsletter, join their e-mail list, review their websites.

  • Connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

  • Attend a townhall meeting, their public events, or greet them in your community.

  • Introduce yourself and your profession. 

  • Offer to be a resource for them. 

  • Invite them to a game, a practice, or your facility. 

  • Outline how athletic trainers have worked in the past to advance CPR requirements for coaches, the concussion law for middle and high school students in the state, or describe how athletic trainers are currently working within their employment, schools, and communities to fight COVID-19. 

  • Forward the athletic training facts sheet to your legislator as another way to outline the profession and its positive impact within Iowa.


Promote your relationships with your representative and senator via the IATS social media platforms.  Use #iowalegislATor.  Highlight the good work these folks do for us and our profession while also connecting them to a valuable resource in the state.  Governmental Affairs Committee members and IATS Executive Committee members are available if you have any questions or feedback.


Be safe and stay well as we look forward to the upcoming holidays. 


Governmental Affairs Committee




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