June 28, 2012
Today the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court upheld the law, ruling it constitutional. This ruling will affect us all in many ways, some of which we already know and some we've yet to discover. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) continues to strongly believe the United States health care delivery system is in need of reform to improve coverage, access and quality of care, and reduce unnecessary costs.
The court's decision to uphold the ACA, including the individual mandate, ensures that the majority of Americans will now be covered by adequate health care benefits. For the physical therapy profession this final decision is significant because it allows us to continue our work to implement the law in a way that allows physical therapists to provide our patients the high-quality health care they deserve.
While the politics of health care reform are complicated, the priorities and goals of APTA are not. We stand, as always, committed to advocate for a health care system that addresses the aforementioned fundamental, patient-centered issues of coverage, access, quality, and costs.
While neutral on the ACA from the beginning, APTA has for years been an advocate for a health care system that includes rehabilitation as a core benefit, demonstrates the value of physical therapy to patients, embraces innovation in reforms that are patient centered, and provides a solution to a system that for too long has been high in costs and disparate in outcomes and quality. We will continue to work with legislators, policy makers, insurers, and other decision makers to ensure that these priorities are addressed in this law and future health care reforms—whether at the national or state level, or through individual private payment systems.
We have a lot of work to do to achieve our health care system goals, and APTA will maintain its position as a leader for positive change to benefit both the profession and the patients we serve every day. I am confident we can work together to create an improved health care system that is beneficial to all.
APTA President Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS