Ask Your Senators To Vote To Support Healthcare Providers and Small Businesses

Advocacy Opportunity:

On Tuesday, March 16th, the House passed H.R.1799 to extend the PPP program to June 30, 2021 and it is soon to vote on whether or not to delay the return of 2% Medicare sequestration until January 1, 2022 and waive PAYGO requirements that would impact Medicare reimbursement (H.R.1868). These bills will soon be considered in the Senate. Let your Senators know how important it is for them to vote YES, and that doing so will protect your economically fragile business.

If you are on social media, tweet or create a Facebook post tagging your legislator and use #PPSAdvocacy. Template tweet: “Vote YES to delay return of 2% Medicare sequestration, waive PAYGO, and extend the PPP so I can continue providing cost effective physical therapy and maintain a vital business in our community. [@Senator Twitter handle] #PPSAdvocacy”

Thank you. Your voice matters!

EMAIL TEMPLATE:

Subject Line: My patients need physical therapy. Delay return of 2% Medicare sequestration, waive PAYGO, and extend the PPP so I can stay in business.

Dear Senator ___________,

This past year my practice has been juggling the economic impact of both the COVID-19 public health emergency and cuts to Medicare reimbursement. If reinstating the 2% Medicare sequestration cut is not delayed, on April 1 Medicare payment for physical therapy will be reduced to -5.6% when compared to April 2020. We also cannot afford any additional cuts to Medicare, so it is crucial that the PAYGO requirement be waived.

I am a physical therapist in private practice and a member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Along with the therapists and support staff I employ in your district, my outpatient clinic is a vital small business and an important part of our local economy.

Our community-based physical therapy clinic received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, used tax credits, and has benefitted from the favorable tax treatments that have been provided in the American Rescue Plan Act and the proceeding COVID-19 relief bills. These policies have enabled us to remain a viable small business and keep providing patients with access to safe, cost-effective physical therapy throughout the public health emergency. However, our clinic is still navigating economic challenges.

Please vote to delay return of 2% Medicare sequestration, waive PAYGO, and extend the PPP so I can continue providing cost-effective physical therapy and maintain a vital business in our community. On behalf of myself and PPS, I make this request so that our physical therapy clinic can keep its doors open—to not only serve our patients but also to provide jobs in our town.

Thank you,

[Name, Credentials]

Member, Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

[Practice Name]

[Practice Address]

[Practice Phone Number]

 
 
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