Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AHCA/NCAL Supports Therapy Cap Repeal Bills Recently Introduced

Dan Ciolek

Senator Cardin
During February the “Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Act” was reintroduced to the new Congress. This legislation would, if passed, repeal the Part B therapy caps that were enacted in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The bill was introduced in the House (H.R. 775). on February 5 by Congresspersons Boustany, Blackburrn, Becerra, and Capps. The Senate version (S. 539) was introduced by Senators Cardin and Collins on February 24. Senator Cardin’s statement on the floor of the Senate as he introduced S. 539 can be found here (on right column).

AHCA and NCAL have been actively engaged with the Therapy Cap Coalition, which is a group of provider, professional, and consumer advocacy organizations that are aligned in our efforts to repeal the therapy caps as part of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform discussions. As such, AHCA and NCAL are listed among the organizations that submitted a letter of support to the House sponsors and the Senate sponsors.

In the last Congress these bills obtained co-sponsorships from over one half of all members of the House of Representatives, and over one third of the Senate. AHCA and NCAL urge our members to ask their legislators to support these bills to repeal the therapy caps.

If you have any questions, please Contact Dan Ciolek, AHCA Senior Director, Therapy Advocacy at dciolek@ahca.org.

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