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APTA Information Bulletin - Tricare Update
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June 28th, the House Committee on Armed Services marked up the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). APTA has been working with several Congressional offices to include language that would compel TRICARE to recognize physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants. After negotiations between Representatives Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), and the committee staff, report language was drafted and passed as part of an en-bloc package of amendments and added to the NDAA legislation.

The language directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the committee outlining the process used by the departments to include para health professionals as healthcare providers in the military health system by April 1, 2018. This review shall determine how to incorporate PTAs, OTAs, and other para health professionals. This move is an important first step forward that we hope will ultimately lead to coverage of PTAs under Tricare.

We expect the Senate to work on their version of NDAA later this year. We will continue to educate Senators and their staff on this issue to make sure that this language is included in the Senate version. If you have any questions please contact Michael Hurlbut at

Submitted by Melissa Daly

FPTA Director of Advocacy

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