The American Physical Therapy Association is active in lobbying Congress and federal agencies to make sure that patients have access to physical therapist services and that those services stay covered under Medicare and other health insurance plans.
It is important for patients also to let their voices be heard!
Advocate for Access to Physical Therapist Services
APTA’s Patient Action Center, which is updated regularly as new policy and laws are proposed, enables you to voice your concerns about access to care.
What Needs Your Attention Right Now?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency that administers Medicare, is calling for an estimated 9% cut in payment for Part B physical therapist services starting in 2021. This cut will do extensive damage to your access to care — and it won’t be limited to Medicare. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who provide care to veterans will face the same cut. So will providers in TRICARE, the health insurance system for the military. What’s more, private insurers often follow Medicare’s lead. The bottom line: Many physical therapy clinics will not be able to keep their doors open. As a result, Americans will find it harder to get the care they need — if they can get it at all.
Lend your voice to tell Congress and CMS to do away with the proposed cuts and preserve your access to care.
How To Take Action
Letters from the public can effect change in Washington. To tell Congress and CMS that you oppose a 9% cut to physical therapy:
- Send letters to your senators and your representative of Congress using APTA’s Patient Action Center.
- Download APTA’s letter from patients and send it to CMS via regulations.gov.
- Ask your friends and family to do the same. Everyone’s access to care is at stake.