Monday, February 17, 2014

AHCA and Coalition Partners Urge Congress to Assure Continued Beneficiary Access to Part B Therapy Services


Recently, Congress reached a bipartisan bicameral agreement on the policy portion of the sustainable growth rate (SGR). However, this agreement did not include provisions on extender policies, particularly those related to the Medicare Part B therapy caps. Without Congressional action, the current exceptions process permitting beneficiaries a way to obtain necessary therapy services beyond the $1,920 annual caps are set to expire on March 31, 2014. AHCA has been actively engaged in efforts to assure that beneficiary access to Part B therapy services is assured beyond March 31, regardless of whether the policy is part of a short- or long-term legislative solution.

In addition to our direct advocacy efforts on the Hill, AHCA has aligned with a coalition of 16 beneficiary, consumer, provider, and professional associations to advocate in a common voice to assure that the needs of beneficiaries that require vitally necessary Part B therapy services are addressed in the SGR package. On February 14, the coalition delivered letters to the House leadership and its Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce. Letters were also delivered to the Senate leadership and its Finance committee. All letters are available on the “Therapy Cap” web page (at the bottom, see “Additional Resources”).
AHCA encourages members to advocate for these positions with your Congressperson and Senators, especially if your state has representation on any of the above House and Senate committees. 

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