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March President's Message - Federal Affairs Update

 

Happy Spring!

What a productive Spring we have had!  This month, I'd like to highlight all the great work that our Federal Government Affairs Committee, with Chair Eva Norman, has done.  Read what APTA has been doing on your behalf related to federal issues.


Medicare Part B Therapy Cap: Thanks to so many APTA members like you, we finally repealed the therapy cap once and for all! Our own MN Congressman, Erik Paulsen, was the lead Republican sponsor on the bill. We are so grateful for his leadership and commitment to ensure that the frailest of Medicare beneficiaries received the necessary physical therapy services to maintain their quality of life. APTA President Sharon Dunn and CEO Justin Moore have an important message outlining the details and information about the new legislation. Please read: Medicare Part B Therapy Cap

Congressional Update: APTA’s Public Policy staff is currently working with members of Congress on numerous bills that affect physical therapy and our patients.  Read a summary of these issues and the support we have received from many of our MN members of Congress. Please read: Congressional Update

Federal Advocacy Forum: The 2018 Federal Affairs Advocacy Forum will take place April 29th to May 1st in Washington DC.  Our theme for this year is “The Multiple Ways YOU Can Advocate for Your Profession.”  Programming includes regulatory and legislative updates, hill visit briefings, and the opportunity to educate members of Congress and advocate for our patients/profession. Join constituents from all over MN to ensure your patients have a voice on Capitol Hill. Contact Eva Norman for details if you are interested in attending. 

PT-PAC: Our PT-PAC is the sole fundraising arm of our profession which provides the ability to influence change and build relationships with members of Congress. We are among the largest Health Care PAC’s in the country. Donate today to ensure we continue to have a voice on Capitol Hill and a seat at the table! Contact Eva Norman, PT-PAC Board of Trustees Chair, if you have any questions. Read how you can help the future of the profession: PT-PAC

Get Involved –  Learn, Educate, Advocate:  If you are interested in getting involved, consider becoming part of the APTA Grassroots Structure. Join the PTeam or become a federal key contact for your congressional district. The PTeam stays informed on important public policy priorities and takes action by sending emails to their respective members of Congress. A Federal Key Contact engages with members of Congress to build relationships necessary to move legislation forward. Join and make a difference for your profession and your patients. Contact Eva Norman or the MNPTA Chapter Office for more information.

 

Thank you Eva and Committee for the tireless work you have done!  See you on April 21st at our 2018 Annual Conference – Minnesota in Motion.

 

Paul Niemuth
MNPTA Chapter President


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