Call to Action: Call Your Assembly Member -- AB387 to be heard on Assembly floor June 2, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 01:13 PM

AB387 (Thurmond) will be heard on the Assembly floor this Friday, June 2nd. This bill, if passed, could be devastating to the allied health community.

We are asking for immediate action from all Radiologic Technologists: Call your Assembly Member to oppose this bill. To find out who your Assembly Member is, visit http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov, enter your home address, and then click on the Assembly Member's name to find their contact information.

About AB387

This bill proposes to pay allied health care students the CA minimum wage during their clinical rotation. The bill broadens the definition of employers to include "persons engaged in supervised work experience to satisfy requirements for licensure, registration, or certification as an allied health professional."

Why Oppose

CA health employers, Community Colleges, Universities, and the California Hospital Association have written letters in opposition to AB 387. Students are aware of this issue and most are opposing this bill because they don't want their programs to shut down or the quality of their education to be affected by this bill.

1. It would be bad for our profession, but even worse for our patients. Many educational programs may close if this bill is enacted due to the prohibitive cost, leading to a shortage of qualified professionals.

2. At a minimum, we will lose student placements in hospitals and clinics, which can not afford to pay students and traditional employees. Many clinical sites have already voiced their opposition to this bill, stating that they would have to discontinue educational training.

3. The student could be subject to disciplinary action if mistakes are made. Students need direct oversight and are required to have it under current educational practice. As an employee, the learning relationship between the student and their preceptor will be changed.

4. Imaging programs could lose their accreditation. Many accreditations including the Radiologic Technology accreditation bodies prohibit payment to students, as it adversely impacts education. Students must graduate from an accredited imaging school to sit for the national certification.

Take Action Now

Please join the California Society of Radiologic Technologists along with many educators in the state in opposing AB 387 before the vote on Friday, June 2, 2017. Contact your Assembly Member TODAY to voice your concerns. To find out who your Assembly Member is, visit http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov, enter your home address, and click on the Assembly Member's name to find their contact information.