At the APTA Federal Affairs Forum today, APTA President Paul Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, conferred APTA’'s 2013 Public Service Award to Sen Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his longtime support of the physical therapy profession and his leadership to repeal the Medicare therapy cap. The Public Service Award recognizes legislators, agency officials, health and legislation association staff, and public figures who support physical therapy on a national level.
Rockar presented APTA's 2013 Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award to APTA member John Lockard, PT, OCS, owner of Northwest Physical Therapy in Philadelphia, for his work with Rep Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) on initiatives to move toward comprehensive reforms of Medicare payment and delivery systems. The award honors APTA members who make significant contributions to APTA's federal initiatives.
Rockar also recognized physical therapist Mike Klonowski, PT, DPT, PCS, who is currently treating Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) after the lawmaker's stroke in January 2012.
From left: Paul Rockar stands with Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award winner John Lockard and Drew Bossen of the Iowa Chapter, who nominated Lockard. Mike Klonowski (left) stands with APTA President Paul Rockar.
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