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PAN Alert: 60 Days Until Medicare Coverage Barriers Take Effect

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about funding therapy services.

From PAN:

Congress has less than 60 days to extend the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process. If Congress does not pass an extension by December 31, people with Parkinson's and other chronic conditions could lose coverage for medically necessary physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy.

Medicare limits the amount of therapy services a person can receive each calendar year (just $1,900 in 2013). This disproportionately impacts people with chronic diseases, like Parkinson's, who need continued access to physical, occupational, and/or speech-language therapy. Without the exceptions process, people will be forced to stop their medically necessary therapy or pay 100% of the cost out-of-pocket for services beyond the limit. Congress needs to act now to ensure that people with Parkinson's won’t be denied the treatments they need to maintain their quality of life and independence.

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PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2013, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: Nov 04 2013