On February 6, 2014, leaders from the
House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees introduced reform legislation
for the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that does not include a
repeal of the Medicare therapy cap. If Congress passes legislation addressing
the SGR formula, but does not include a repeal of the Medicare therapy cap, it
is likely that patients will face a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in
Negotiations on this legislation are ongoing. It is critical that
your members of Congress hear from you on this issue. Write
your members of Congress TODAY and let them know the Medicare therapy cap must
be included in SGR reform legislation. Don't let them forget about the
beneficiaries and the harm that the Medicare therapy cap will cause!
The Medicare SGR formula and therapy cap were created
together in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Since 1997, Congress has repeatedly
addressed the SGR formula and the therapy cap together through annual renewal of
the SGR/Medicare extenders package. If Congress passes SGR reform
legislation-without addressing the Medicare therapy cap-it is likely that
patients will be denied therapy and/or forced to pay out-of-pocket for services
to help them regain their ability to communicate effectively.
For more information on this issue, please visit ASHA's Therapy
Cap Advocacy Center or contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and
political advocacy, at [email protected].