The Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association, comprised of more than 200 doctors of podiatric medicine, has recognized State Rep. Themis Klarides for her advocacy of common sense, patient friendly healthcare policies.
During the 2018 Legislative Session, Klarides advocated for passage of legislation that updates the scope of practice of podiatry to make their surgical services more available to patients in Connecticut. The provisions were included in House Bill 5163, now Public Act 18-168, which was signed into law by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
“Connecticut’s podiatric doctors provide leading medical care in the foot and ankle to thousands of patients in the state. We appreciate Representative Klarides’ expertise and knowledge of healthcare issues and for taking positive and proactive actions to improve the system for Connecticut consumers,” said Joe Treadwell, DPM, the group’s legislative chair.
Additionally, the podiatrists praised Klarides’ opposition to higher taxes on healthcare and medical professionals. Proposals for a “medical provider tax” have been discussed at the Legislature for a number of years now but were not enacted during the deliberations over reducing the state’s budget deficit.
Finally, the group thanked Klarides for her support of adequate funding for the Medicaid program that serves hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents. Podiatric services are provided to enrollees of the program.