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    Ask Congress to Add Therapy Cap Repeal to SGR Legislation on December 2

    Legislation that would end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) will soon be discussed in a Senate committee, and grassroots efforts could play a big role in how that discussion takes shape. The Senate Finance Committee will be considering the proposed legislation on December 12, making the next 2 weeks a crucial time for communicating physical therapy's position on both SGR and the therapy cap to lawmakers and the public.

    The advancement of the SGR legislation provides an opportunity for addressing the importance of also ending the therapy cap. APTA is calling on all physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), students, patients/clients, and others to contact their legislators on Monday, December 2, and ask them to include a full repeal of the cap in the SGR legislation.

    APTA recommends 2 ways to get involved in the efforts to fix these flawed policies that harm patients and restrict access to therapy services:

    • E-mail your legislators. APTA members can e-mail their legislators by logging in to the Legislative Action Center, while patients and clients can reach their legislators via the Patient Action Center. Both constituencies can also download the APTA Action app and use the “Take Action” button to contact their members of Congress.
    • Get involved on social media. APTA is encouraging supporters to change their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to the “Stop the Therapy Cap” logo on December 2 and then share APTA’s Facebook posts or tweet their legislators using prewritten messages provided by APTA. Legislators' Facebook pages and Twitter handles can be easily found through the Congressional Directory button on the APTA Action app. Appropriately-sized images can be downloaded from the therapy cap grassroots campaign webpage.

    For more information about the grassroots campaign on December 2, e-mail advocacy@apta.org.


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    Stop the therapy cap! Physical therapist can self-regulate themselves!
    Posted by Matthew L. Musket, DPT on 11/23/2013 3:22 PM
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