We are in the middle of a national shortage of physical therapists. Estimates show that by 2025, an additional 27,000 physical therapists will be needed to meet the growing demand. In rural and underserved areas of our state, this shortage is already making it difficult to access physical therapy services.
Fortunately, Congress is taking action to address this growing problem. The bipartisan Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (S. 970 and H.R. 2802) would take a crucial first step towards ensuring all Americans are able to access quality physical therapy services by allowing physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps student loan repayment program. I urge our state's Senators and members of Congress to join in support of this important legislation to grow the physical therapy workforce.