APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps and Frontline Providers program.
The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013 (HR 1252/S 602), formerly the Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act, was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and in the US Senate by Senators John Tester (D-MT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) on March 19, 2013. This legislation authorizes physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, ensuring patient access to essential physical therapy services.
On February 15, 2013, Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced the Access to Frontline Health Care Act of 2013 (HR 702). This legislation will ensure that communities have access to a wide array of health care services, including physical therapy. It will help ensure patients can receive comprehensive care, and it incentivizes the transition to an interdisciplinary approach to health care.
How to Take Action
Email your legislators. APTA has provided prewritten letters for APTA members on the Legislative Action Center and for nonmembers/patients on the Patient Action Center.
Meet with your legislators. Schedule a district meeting, attend a town hall event, or invite your legislators to visit your practice over recess. This is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress locally and discuss the importance of repealing the therapy cap.
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