The Therapy Cap Coalition recently sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging legislators to add permanent repeal of the therapy cap to the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform proposal.
Sent to House Ways and Means Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Finance Committee, and House and Senate leadership, the February 14 letter from the coalition describes the group's disappointment that the SGR compromise reached in early February did not contain other legislative provisions, specifically language repealing the therapy cap, and suggests that existing proposals could be included in a final package. Specifically, the coalition recommends language in the original Senate version of the bill, which contained a repeal of the cap and replacement policies for the delivery of outpatient therapy.
The letter emphasizes that lawmakers need to act soon. "The first quarter of 2014 provides an opportunity to end the pattern of yearly extensions that puts patient access to medically necessary therapy services at risk," the letter states.
The Therapy Cap Coalition, led by APTA, is a group of health care stakeholders that includes patient, consumer, provider, and facility organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the National Stroke Association, and the Brain Injury Association.
APTA's advocacy team is now encouraging grassroots efforts to members and supporters to urge their legislators to include a repeal of the therapy cap in the final bill. Find out how you can take action.
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