H. R. 2802, Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2019.

Summary: To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the participation of physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 7/24/19.

STATUS: Introduced 5/16/19 by Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]. 


  • “Physical therapists have a unique skill set and are trained to treat patients without using the pharmaceutical drugs that have led to the nation’s current opioid epidemic,” DeGette said. “If we’re going to be curb this growing crisis, we have to find ways to provide our rural and underserved communities greater access to the non-pharmaceutical treatment that physical therapists can provide.” (Source: Rep. DeGette, Press Release, 5/16/19)
  • APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps. (Source: American Physical Therapy association)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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