The Medicare outpatient therapy cap
exceptions process expires on December 31, 2013. Without
Congressional action, patients will be faced with a hard cap on outpatient
therapy services in 2014. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
and the Therapy Cap Coalitionundefineda group of almost 50 associations, organizations,
and patient and consumer groupsundefinedare working together to prevent the therapy cap
from going into effect, but we need your help!
Congress has introduced a proposal
to reform the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which does not include
repealing the Medicare therapy cap. If Congress passes legislation addressing
the SGR formula, but does not include a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap, it
is likely that patients will face a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in
2014. Contact your members of Congress TODAY and ask them to include a
full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap in the SGR reform legislation orundefinedat the
very leastundefinedextend the exceptions process. Don’t let them forget about the beneficiaries and the harm
that the Medicare therapy cap will cause!
For more information on
this issue, please visit ASHA’s Therapy Cap Advocacy Center or view ASHA’s issue brief on the Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap. Please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director
of federal and political advocacy, at email@example.com with questions.
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