Lawmakers in West Virginia have adjourned without taking action on companion bills that would have eliminated the 40-year-old West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners.
According to West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists President Jacqueline Johnston, R.T.(R)(M)(QM), the proposal put patients’ health and safety at risk in an effort to reduce government oversight of health professions. The state has more than 3,100 board-licensed radiologic technologists.
The ASRT and WVSRT worked together to engage West Virginia technologists in a campaign that included media outreach and emails to lawmakers. R.T.s in the state sent more than 500 communications to legislators opposing the proposal.