PT Day on Capitol Hill

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This year, APTA's annual Federal Advocacy Forum is replaced by PT Day on Capitol Hill.

APTA will send more than 1,000 physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students to Capitol Hill on June 4 (after mandatory training on June 3).

Attendees will rally by the Capitol and then have scheduled meetings with their elected representatives in Congress.

PT Day on Capitol Hill is a special opportunity to advocate for the physical therapy profession and the patients it serves!

Want to see what it will look like? Watch highlights from the 2011 rally.

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Registration closed May 14. Because participants (1) attend mandatory training, (2) receive transportation to and from the rally, and (3) meet with members of Congress in prearranged appointments, only those registered by May 14 may attend and participate in PT Day on Capitol Hill. No exceptions. NEXT registrants are not automatically enrolled in PT Day on Capitol Hill; you must have selected that option during registration.


Reserve your room by May 21, 2015, to take advantage of special rates offered to PT Day on Capitol Hill participants and NEXT attendees. View travel and housing information.

PT Day on Capitol Hill Attendee Resources

Information and resources to help prepare attendees for appointments with their representatives, as well as attending the rally will be posted here as they become available.


Registrants with questions about the event should email APTA's Ken Sprague.

2015 Highlights

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Quality Cure
David M. Cutler, MD
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

The Quality Cure serves as a road map for the future of health care reform-one that shows how informatin technology, realigned payment systems and value-focused organizations together have the power to transform the US health care system into one that is affordable, efficient, and effective. David Cutler is author of "The Quality Cure."

Preparation for PT Day on Capitol Hill
3:30 pm-6:00 pm

Learn what you need to know to make the most of your Capitol Hill visits. This session will prepare you for effective visits with your members of Congress. You will learn the ins and outs of the key issues for which we will be lobbying and receive a step-by-step outline of how to conduct a Hill visit. This session is mandatory for participants who plan to join their state delegations on June 4 to lobby for the issues affecting the physical therapy profession.

*Capitol Steps: "The Lighter Side of Politics"
8:30 pm-9:30 pm 

Over 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since they began, the Capitol Steps has recorded over 34 albums, including its latest, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. The group has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

Tickets to the Capitol Steps are $40 per person. (Eagle club donors and above receive a free ticket to this event.) Register for this event when you register for PT Day on Capitol Hill.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Networking Breakfast for the PT Rally on Washington
6:00 am

Start this historic day for the physical therapy profession by networking with your colleagues. You'll be matched up with delegates from your state who have experience lobbying on Capitol Hill so that you can prepare for effective visits. APTA Government and Payment Advocacy staff will be available to address members' questions and concerns. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

PT Rally on Washington
8:00 am

Stand up and be counted! You'll join other supporters of physical therapy issues like the Medicare therapy cap and student loan forgiveness to make our voices heard! APTA President will introduce a few key congressional speakers to get the day started. Following the rally, you will proceed to your Capitol Hill visits.

Capitol Hill Visits
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Delegations of PTs, PTAs, and physical therapy students will meet with members of the 114th Congress and their staffs to discuss the issues affecting the physical therapy profession. Hill visits will be organized for each state by APTA's Congressional Affairs Department and the state's Federal Affairs Liaison. Our goal is to make physical therapy's voice heard in every congressional office on June 4! Transportation to and from Capitol Hill and National Harbor will be provided.

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