• Advocacy

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and physical therapists are active in lobbying Congress to make sure that patient services remain covered under programs like Medicare. It is important for patients to also let their voices be heard!

    Advocate for Physical Therapy Services

    APTA's Patient Action Center is updated throughout the year as legislation is introduced in Congress that affects your access to treatment by a physical therapist.

    Transforming Health Care: The Public Policy Priorities of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2017-2018

    The US health care system must meet the "triple aim" of improving population health, improving patients' experience of care, and lowering costs. APTA establishes its public policy priorities every 2 years in conjunction with each new session of the US Congress. This document, aimed at educating members of the US Congress and their staff, provides a brief overview of APTA's public policy priorities: the challenges and policy solutions to help meet the triple aim of health care. Please feel free to download and share this document with your member of Congress.

    Download Transforming Health Care: The Public Policy Priorities of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2017-2018 (.pdf)

    Share Your Story

    • APTA is trying to ensure that Congress understands the detrimental effect of the Medicare therapy cap on patients. Would your care be affected by the cap? Are you willing to share your story? Please e-mail advocacy@apta.org.
    • The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) is seeking patient stories to ensure coverage for skilled maintenance therapy. The recent Jimmo vs. Sebelius Settlement Agreement provides clarification to safeguard against unfair denials by Medicare contractors for skilled therapy services that aid in maintaining a patient’s current condition or to prevent or slow decline. If you have been denied Medicare coverage because you were not "improving,” visit here to share your story.