WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Physical Therapy Association presented its 2008 Public Service Award today to Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.

An association news release said Walden received the award because of his commitment to the profession of physical therapy. The association gave the award today during its annual federal advocacy forum on Capitol Hill, in which the association tries to educate members of Congress about physical therapy issues.

The association considers Walden a strong supporter and cosponsor of three of its most critical legislative issues: Repealing arbitrary financial caps on the amount of outpatient rehabilitation beneficiaries may receive under Medicare (HR 748/S 450); removing Medicare requirements the association says drive up patient costs to receive physical therapy (HR 1552/S 932); and making physical therapists who choose to practice in underserved areas eligible for student-loan repayment (HR 1134/S 2485).

Past winners of the association's Public Service Award include Sens. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Blanche Lincoln, D- Ark., and the late actor Christopher Reeve.

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