If you had a stroke and needed therapy to regain your ability to walk, talk, and carry out daily activities, would you want there to be a limit on the amount of therapy your health care plan covered?
For stroke patients on Medicare, these ‘therapy caps’ are a real concern. Limits on outpatient speech, physical, and occupational therapy could force beneficiaries needing therapy beyond the caps to pay out-of-pocket for costly care, or forgo additional therapy they need… unless Congress acts now.
Our legislators have the power to repeal the caps, or extend an ‘exceptions process’ that has eased the impact of the caps, but they need to take action by December 31st. Will you take two minutes to ask your legislators to stop the caps?
The typical Medicare beneficiary has a $1,900 therapy cap. On average, that amounts to a single evaluation and just 19 therapy sessions. However, stroke survivors often need 3-5 therapy sessions a week, which means they’d reach the caps in less than two months. We must do better for these survivors.
Over 50 groups, including the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, have joined together to push Congress to address the Medicare therapy caps- and you can be part of the action! Here’s how you can help:
1) Send a quick email to your Members of Congress today. It’s easy… we even got the message started for you.
2) Encourage others to act too. Share this link-http://bit.ly/17zpYPK - on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #StopTheTherapyCap in your message.
Thank you for speak-uping to protect vital therapy for stroke patients! We’ll keep you updated on the progress we’re making on Capitol Hill on this important issue.
As the caregiver for a stroke survivor, I urge you to send your message today. Everyone wants their therapy to be able to continue so they can keep making progress.
I sent to my congresswomen but should have read this more closely. The hugest problem is that they are including both speech therapy and physical therapy with a 1900 cap. They should each be receiving $1900. My sister is a physical therapist and says this mistake was done upon application. Each therapy (OT, PT, and ST) should at least get $1900 -- this should be a minimal focus.
Thank you AHA/ASA for supporting the stroke community.