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September 2017 Federal Update

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Inclusion of PTAs in TRICARE

TRICARE, a major part of the US Department of Defense health care system, says that physical therapist assistants (PTAs) aren't payable under the program—but that may be changing. In June, a House committee directed the US Secretary of Defense to look at ways to bring PTAs, occupational therapy assistants, and other support personnel into the TRICARE payment system.

Protection for PTs traveling with sports teams

Known as the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, this legislation would provide added legal protections for sports medicine professionals—including PTs—when they're traveling with professional, high school, college, or national sports teams by extending the provider's "home state" professional liability insurance to any other state the team may visit. The bill already easily passed in the House, and now it's in the Senate.

Repealing and replacing the ACA

The Senate was unable to pass its plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before its August recess and seems increasingly unlikely to try again any time soon. In the absence of those efforts, bipartisan efforts are emerging aimed at stabilizing the insurance markets in the ACA's state exchanges.

1News Now Staff. “The View From Capitol Hill: 5 Things for PTs and PTAs to Watch for in This Session of Congress.” APTA PT in Motion News, APTA, 6 Sept. 2017,

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