APTA is launching its first annual Fall Cosponsor Drive and needs your help. Building upon the success of the Federal Advocacy Forum, held April 22-24, APTA wants to reach 200 cosponsors for Medicare therapy cap repeal legislation (HR 1546) and 150 cosponsors for student loan repayment legislation (HR 1426) by December 31. Currently, the bills have 170 and 117 cosponsors, respectively. APTA has been working diligently to educate members of Congress on Capitol Hill about these issues and now needs association members to echo these messages at the local level. Several congressional representatives have requested that PTs, PTAs, and PT students contact their district offices and express their support for these bills. This is your opportunity to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor HR 1546 and HR 1426.
APTA has several resources to help you educate your legislator on these issues. You can identify if your representative is currently a cosponsor, view position papers and background information, and track the progress of the Cosponsor Drive on the Medicare Therapy Cap and Student Loan Repayment Cosponsor Drive webpages. You also can e-mail your representative and ask him or her to repeal the therapy cap and support legislation allowing physical therapy students to participate in loan forgiveness programs.
If you have questions about the Cosponsor Drive, contact APTA's Grassroots and Political Affairs Department at 800/999-2782, ext 3170, or firstname.lastname@example.org.