Last year, we asked you to tell Congress to “stop the therapy caps”—to make sure stroke survivors on Medicare continued to have access to critical outpatient therapy services. Congress heard you and provided a temporary solution by extending the Medicare therapy caps “exceptions process” by three months to March 31, 2014. This exceptions process allows Medicare beneficiaries, including stroke survivors, to get more therapy services than the program caps allow if those services are necessary for their recovery. This is especially critical to the stroke community since stroke survivors are more likely to need more services than these caps allow for their recovery.
Today, we’re asking Congress to stop providing “band-aid” solutions and pass a permanent fix to the Medicare therapy caps. Congress must provide some type of solution by March 31 or one million Medicare beneficiaries, including some stroke survivors, will lose access to critical outpatient therapy services. Congress created the Medicare therapy caps in 1997 and has acted 10 times to prevent the caps from impacting access to services. It’s time for Congress to repeal the Medicare therapy caps. You can participate in this effort by adding your voice to ours today!
Click the Take Action button at the bottom of this page to send your members of Congress the message shown below. Even though the message begins Dear [Representative/Senator], the names of your members of Congress will be automatically filled in before the message is delivered to them. You can also tell them how important therapy services are or have been to your or a loved one’s recovery. To do that:
- Click on the box below
- Type in your personal story
>> Need help? This short video will show you how to send the following message to your legislators. You can also view a short presentation that will walk you through how to take this action by calling your members of Congress or posting on their social media sites.