On June 9, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed into a law a bill that did away with the requirement that patients obtain a referral from a licensed doctor to see a physical therapist. This gives patients the opportunity to access physical therapy sooner. Some insurances still require doctor prescriptions in order to be treated by a PT. These include: Medicare, United Health Care, and Humana. Blue Cross/Blue Shield does NOT require a doctor prescription.