Physical Therapists Unite to Support the Uninsured

Cover the Uninsured Week raises awareness about uninsured Americans.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 9, 2010 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging residents across the country to contact their local elected officials and members of the media to draw attention to the problem of the nation's uninsured during "Cover the Uninsured Week," March 14-20.

APTA is a supporting organization of the observance, designed to raise awareness of the plight of 46 million uninsured Americans, including 9 million children, and the effect it is having on the country's health care system. The observance comes at a critical time as final health reform legislation is currently being considered by Congress.

"Physical therapists are acutely aware of the impact that the lack of health insurance has on the needs of our patients," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "The health of our patients is our number one priority; we are happy to join in the pursuit of raising awareness about the plight our fellow uninsured Americans and how we can be part of the solution."

For online resources and more information on how you can join this effort, visit www.covertheuninsured.org.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Join us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

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