PTs Unite to Support the Uninsured

Cover the Uninsured Week Raises Awareness About Uninsured Americans

ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 23, 2009 — 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 22-28.

APTA is a supporting organization of the observance, designed to raise awareness of the plight of 46 million uninsured Americans - and the effect it is having on the country's health care system. The observance comes at a critical time as President Obama and Congress begin to tackle the issue of national health care reform.

"As physical therapists, we hear firsthand the many challenges our patients face in obtaining health care," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "As the economy worsens and more Americans lose their jobs, the number of uninsured is expected to soar. 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 http://covertheuninsured.org.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

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