April 25, 2011

Medicare Therapy Caps Legislation Introduced in House-Senate

The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 1546/S. 829) has been introduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). The bipartisan legislation repeals the Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services. The following members of Congress have already agreed to co-sponsor the bills: Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Al Franken (D-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jack Reed (D-RI).

Last December, Congress extended the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process through 2011. However, Congress must take additional action before December 31, 2011, to avert implementation of the cap on Medicare-covered therapy services.

Please contact your Representative and Senators and request that they co-sponsor this legislation or thank them for signing onto the bill as a co-sponsor. For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org.


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