PTs Unite to Support the Uninsured

Cover the Uninsured Week Raises Awareness About Uninsured Americans

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 23, 2008 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging residents across the country to contact their legislators and demand solutions to the problem of the nation's uninsured during "Cover the Uninsured Week," April 27-May 3. APTA is a supporting organization of the observance, designed to raise awareness of the plight of more than 47 million uninsured Americans - and the effect it is having on the country's health care system.

"As physical therapists, we hear firsthand the many challenges our patients face in obtaining health care," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "This important week is an opportunity for our country to join together and become more aware of the struggles uninsured Americans face, the impact this national problem has on all of our lives, and how health care professionals and others can help."

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

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and manage individuals of all ages, from newborns to elders, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

The American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org) is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.

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