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Ask Your Members of Congress to Repeal Medicare Therapy Caps
- Dec 02 2011
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) about the legislation capping the outpatient physical, speech, and occupational therapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. Take action and let your Members of Congress know how important this legislation is to the Parkinson's community!
As you may know, in 1997, Congress passed legislation capping the outpatient physical, speech, and occupational therapy services to which Medicare beneficiaries are eligible each calendar year. This placed an undue burden on many individuals with Parkinson’s and other diseases whose annual costs for these services exceed the cap.
To mitigate this, Congress created an exceptions process. Unfortunately, this process is temporary and must be reauthorized by Congress each year. If the exception process is not reauthorized, beneficiaries may face the choice between forgoing care, paying out of pocket for services, or traveling a distance to receive care. Learn more.
Congress has until December 31 to reauthorize the current exceptions to the therapy caps – but we believe it can and should do even better than that! PAN supports the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2011, which would eliminate Medicare therapy caps all together. Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2011 (H.R. 1546/S. 829).
There are several ways to contact your Members of Congress. We encourage you to email and/or call both your Senators and your Representative. Let your Members of Congress know how important this legislation is to the Parkinson's community!
PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In 2011, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.
Source Date: Dec 02 2011