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Massage Today
July 23, 2010

AMTA Responds to Statement by Owner of IMA

In a response to an article in Massage Today about the demise of the International Massage Association (IMA), its owner, Will Green, refers to many issues of liability insurance coverage provided by massage therapy organizations.

AMTA does not know why in his statement Will Green has referred to a relationship with AMTA regarding liability insurance, as we have never had discussions on insurance with him. Perhaps this is a typo in his email.

We would like to respond to his statements about the liability insurance of massage therapy organizations. It is very important for massage therapists to understand the differences between massage therapy organizations, the benefits they provide, how they are financially structured and supported and the type of liability insurance policy they provide. AMTA is a non-profit professional association, not a for-profit company selling insurance. One of the many important benefits of AMTA membership is our liability insurance. Because AMTA is a public company owned by its members, not privately-held as a for profit company that wants to be an association, AMTA annually releases information on its finances. We believe our members have the right to know about our financial health, including the security of our liability insurance policy.

Many claims are made in promotions of low-priced liability insurance plans. AMTA feels strongly that massage therapists should not be fooled by such ads, but should know the facts about their coverage and be confident that they are covered in their practice. We agree with Will Green that admitted insurance is the best type of liability insurance and that is why the AMTA professional liability policy has for many years been on a state admitted basis, backed by every state's guarantee fund. To our knowledge, we are the only national massage organization that has been issuing coverage through admitted insurance. AMTA and our insurance coverage are very financially sound...

It is our hope that massage therapists will thoroughly examine all the benefits of AMTA membership, including our liability insurance policy and understand that joining AMTA not only protects their practice, but will foster their professional development, involve them in the AMTA community, backed up with a network of 51 chapters, electronic forums and continuing education opportunities, as well as advance the massage therapy profession.

American Massage Therapy Association
July 23, 2010

 

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