An April 22 article by Kaiser Heath News highlights the growing number of insurers and employers who classify physical therapy visits as specialty care, resulting in higher copayments for patients that often are equal to a specialist visit. The article quotes Matthew Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA, CSCS, president of the New York Chapter, and Justin Elliott, APTA director of state government affairs.
APTA's Fair Physical Therapy Copays webpage offers a variety of legislative resources, such as APTA model legislation and a sample letter to legislators, to help chapters in their fight against excessive copays. Examples of state strategies used by the Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York chapters also are available.
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