APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps expand the physical therapist workforce. The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2019 (H.R. 2802 /S. 970) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL), and in the US Senate by Senators John Tester (D-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Angus King (I-ME). The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access would authorize physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, ensuring patient access to essential physical therapy services.
The addition of physical therapists to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program will ensure that individuals in rural and underserved areas have access to nonpharmacological options for the prevention, treatment, and management of pain. Physical therapy is an essential component of the multidisciplinary undertaking that will be required to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the current opioid crisis.
How to Take Action
Email your legislators. APTA has provided prewritten letters for APTA members on the Legislative Action Center and for nonmembers/patients on the Patient Action Center.
Meet with your legislators. Schedule a district meeting, attend a town hall event, or invite your legislators to visit your practice over recess. This is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress locally and discuss the importance of repealing the therapy cap.
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