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Mind Your Synaptic Gap with #PTAdvocacy

by Amanda Kayser | May 30, 2019

Mind Your Synaptic Gap with #PTAdvocacy

 

Below are proposed federal legislation and regulations that may have an impact on you and your practice setting. We encourage you to take action on these and contact your local Senator and/or Congressman as appropriate.

 

Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act of 2019:

Recently this APTA-supported provision was signed into law by President Donald Trump as a part of the Medicaid Services Investment Act of 2019. This provision expands a state option for health homes for children expanding access to patient-centered, pediatric-focused coordinated care models. Participation is voluntary for children, their families, providers and states. Though states that opt to create health homes will receive a higher federal matching rate for 6 months. More information from the APTA. 

Student Debt Relief:

APTA-supported legislation has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to amend the current law to allow PTs to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program. The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2019 (S.970 and HR 2802) would allow PTs provide greater patient access in rural and underserved areas. FAQ Position Paper

  • Take Action: Email your Legislator using APTA prewritten Letter

Disability Integration Act of 2019:

HR.555/S.117 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities who need long term services and supports.

  • Take Action: Email your legislator and ask for them to support these bills

Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2019:

HR.280 provides for research and dissemination of information on sports-related and other concussions, additionally establishes a Concussion Research Commission.

  • Take Action: Email your legislator and ask for them to support these bills

Protecting Access to Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchairs Act:

HR. 2293 would permanently exempt complex rehab manual wheelchairs from the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program and would stop Medicare from applying competitive bid payment rates to critical components of complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months.

  • Take Action: Email your legislator and ask for them to support HR. 2293

DoD Releases Proposed TRICARE rule:

This would include PTAs as authorized providers under TRICARE aligning TRICARE with Medicare policies. APTA submitted comments and is hopeful the DoD will release its final rule in 2019.

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