Earlier this week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced legislation that would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis. S. 539, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined and the separate $1,940 cap on occupational therapy services.
539 is the companion to H.R. 775, introduced in the House by Representatives Charles Boustany (R-LA), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Lois Capps (D-CA). The legislation is also supported by the Therapy Cap Coalition, a broad coalition of organizations – which includes NASL – and represents the interests of patients, consumers and health care providers.
Email your Member of Congress today and ask that they support S. 539/H.R. 775, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act!
Additionally, ask your Member of Congress to extend the therapy caps exceptions process along with legislation on the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) repeal, as one of the “Medicare extenders” that are often a part of the SGR package. The current exceptions process is extended only through March 31, 2015. Without action, Medicare beneficiaries will face a hard cap on therapy services – a cap that disproportionately impacts beneficiaries who need therapy the most.
Join Our Newsletter.
The Infinity Rehab newsletter, Further, features our top stories, industry articles, and more.