American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
November 11, 2010

Urgent: Contact Your Members of Congress Today Regarding Medicare Therapy Caps

Take action now to extend the therapy caps exception process. Congress may adjourn for the year without extending the Medicare therapy caps exception process. If this happens, your Medicare patients' access to outpatient speech services could be in serious jeopardy.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 provided for a temporary extension of the therapy caps exception process until December 31, 2010. If Congress fails to act on this issue before the end of the year, effective January 1, 2011, beneficiaries will be subject to a combined cap of $1,870 on physical therapy and speech-language pathology services.

We need Congress to act now before it is too late. Send an e-mail to your Representative in Congress. Ask them to extend the Medicare therapy caps extension process today before real damage is done to patient's access to quality Medicare outpatient speech-language pathology services.

For additional information, please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at 202-624-5951 or

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