Last night, Kentucky Gov Steve Beshear signed landmark legislation protecting consumers from excessively high copays for physical therapy visits.
Managed care companies in Kentucky often impose "specialty" copays of $50 to as high as $75 per physical therapy or occupational therapy visit. Senate Bill 112, sponsored by State Sen Tom Buford (R) and advocated for by the Kentucky Chapter, limits a copayment or coinsurance amount for a physical therapist or occupational therapist visit to no greater than the copayment or coinsurance amount charged to a patient for a physician or an osteopath for an office visit. SB 112 also requires insurers to clearly state the availability of therapies under their plans, and all related limitations.
Kentucky Chapter leadership praised the law, saying it will "lead to better outcomes as well as increased savings in the long run." Click here to read more.