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Senate to Vote on Medicare Therapy Caps Repeal Next Week

Over the past few months, we have contacted you many times regarding the Medicare therapy caps. We've told you that the exceptions process expires on March 31st and that Congress is working on a permanent repeal; and we've asked you to contact your Members of Congress urging them to support a permanent repeal. Today, we're happy to report that a bill has been introduced in the Senate that includes a permanent repeal of the Medicare therapy caps.

However, we've been down this road before, and simply having a bill introduced won't be enough. Unless Congress acts before March 31st - which is when the current exceptions process will expire - as soon as people on Medicare hit $1,920 in therapy services, they will either be forced to stop therapy or pay 100% of the cost for these services. We need you to contact your Senators today and ask them to support S. 2110, the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014. This bill would immediately repeal the Medicare therapy caps and set up a new system for review of physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy claims. The Senate is planning to vote on this legislation the week of March 24th and needs at least sixty votes to move forward.

Yes, we've been down this road before, but now our destination is in sight. It is important that the Parkinson's community continues to tell Congress that access to physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services should be a top priority.


Date originally posted: March 18, 2014.