Congress is approaching the 60-day mark for its opportunity to finally end the Medicare therapy cap and sustainable growth rate formula, and now is the time to amplify a grassroots effort to make the needed changes.
Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), students, faculty, patients, and all other supporters are being urged to e-mail their legislators on November 4 to call for a full repeal of the therapy cap in the sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform package, or at the very least to approve an extension of the exceptions process before the December 31 deadline. Many supporters of the repeal have already signed on to participate in a Thunderclap program that will harness the power of social media to get the word out—now it's time to add to that momentum.
APTA has several tools that make it easy to contact legislators. Members can take action on their computers using the Legislative Action Center and can even sign up for an e-mail reminder alert by joining the PTeam. Patients and nonmembers can e-mail their legislators using the Patient Action Center.
The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees are working on legislation to permanently fix the SGR. It is essential to remind lawmakers of the importance of repeal and to urge them to address the Medicare therapy cap in this legislative package.
For more information about the Medicare therapy cap and APTA’s grassroots campaign to stop it visit the Advocacy webpage or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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