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  • New APTA Web Resource Supports Joining Forces Initiative

    APTA's new Joining Forces Initiative (JFI) webpage includes background on this comprehensive national initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, EdD, to mobilize all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. JFI is designed to bring attention to the unique needs and strength of America's military families while showcasing the skills and dedication of America's veterans and military spouses. The initiative will highlight employment, education, and wellness as issues of special importance to military families across the country.

    As an invited participant in JFI, APTA has made several commitments to ensure that the nation's  military personnel and their families receive the care they deserve and that physical therapists have the best, most up-to-date information on traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and postcombat depression. 

    Access the webpage to learn more about APTA's commitment to JFI and find education, advocacy, and related resources on TBI and PTSD.      

    UnitedHealth to Continue Certain ACA Provisions, Regardless of Court Ruling

    UnitedHealth Group Inc will maintain several health coverage protections included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regardless of the Supreme Court's ruling on the law, says an article by Reuters.

    UnitedHealth will continue to provide coverage for dependents up to age 26 under their parents' plan and offer certain preventive health care services, such as annual check-ups, screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes, and immunizations without requiring a copayment. The company also will continue to forgo lifetime dollar coverage limits on policies.

    The other provisions to be maintained include providing clear ways for members to appeal coverage claim decisions and eliminating rescissions, which are generally considered to be retroactive policy cancellations, except in the case of fraud, says the article.

    UnitedHealth, which is the largest US health insurer by market value and serves more than 38 million members, said the protections are effective immediately and will be available to current and future plan members.

    ACA also bars insurers from denying coverage to children up to age 19 with preexisting medical conditions. UnitedHealth said that while it recognized the value of this provision, the company "cannot take that step" alone, but is "committed to working with all other participants in the health care system to sustain that coverage," says Reuters.