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ASHA Action Alert: Congress Has Less Than 60 Days to Repeal the Medicare Therapy Cap. We Need Your Help!

11/22/2013 11:12 AM | Anonymous


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 with questions.


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