• APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps.

    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). This legislation authorizes physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, ensuring patient access to essential physical therapy services.

    As an essential member of the health care team, physical therapists play an important role in management of chronic diseases and conditions. H.R.2802/S. 970 would ensure that patients in underserved areas have access to 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.

  • Last Updated: 6/10/2019
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