Getting PTs Included Via Legislation
Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act (H.R. 1426/S. 975)
Exciting news! Teaming together, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri and Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas from the House of Representatives and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi in the Senate have introduced legislation that would include physical therapists as one of the listed disciplines eligible for the National Health Service Corps. Currently, the National Health Services Corps. includes 11 health related disciplines eligible for up to $60,000 in loan forgiveness for a two-year commitment to provide services in a designated urban or rural Health Provider Shortage Area. If the clinician extends service to five years, they are eligible for up to $170,000 in loan repayment.
These bipartisan bills (H.R. 1426/ S. 975) known as the Physical Therapist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act, would facilitate access to important physical therapy and rehabilitation services in underserved areas, while providing an avenue for physical therapists to better manage their loans.
We need your help! Please reach out to your state representatives and help the APTA make the “Push for 100” cosponsors. We currently need a few more in order to reach our goal! The APTA has the Legislative Action Center, making it easy for you to contact your representative.
Check out the full press release from PT in Motion. Also, check out the podcast on this issue from HotH. For those unfamiliar to “Heard on the Hill”, it is a Podcast for APTA Members that will occasionally provide audio updates of congressional issues and activities affecting physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.