In a historic and long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). APTA, which has remained neutral on ACA and the subsequent Supreme Court case, announced that its current legislative and regulatory strategies will continue, and reiterated its philosophy that the nation's health care system must address several fundamental patient-centered issues: coverage, access, quality, and costs.
"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," APTA President Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, said in a statement. "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."
APTA's Government Affairs staff is currently reviewing the Supreme Court decision and will provide a more detailed analysis to members in the coming days and weeks as more information becomes available.
"We are committed to providing our leaders, members, and components with the information they need to advocate effectively for these priorities nationally and at the state level," added Rockar.
Members should continue to follow News Now, Twitter, Facebook, and APTA's health care reform webpage for the latest information and updates.