Brain Injury Association of America Supports Bipartisan Policy Agreement to Repeal Therapy Caps

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Congress agreed to policy changes that would repeal Medicare Therapy Caps, an essential step to fixing Medicare and properly caring for Americans.

“Individuals who sustain moderate to severe brain injuries must have access to comprehensive rehabilitation with therapies of sufficient scope, duration, and intensity,” said Susan Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee announced a bipartisan policy agreement Thursday to repeal the annual limit on per-patient therapy expenditures in Medicare, otherwise known as therapy caps. Americans living with brain injury have often seen therapy caps as a block to their own recovery; the 2017 Medicare therapy cap limits are $1,980 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services combined, for example, and $1,980 for occupational therapy services.

“Individuals who sustain moderate to severe brain injuries must have access to comprehensive rehabilitation with therapies of sufficient scope, duration, and intensity,” said Susan Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. Comprehensive rehabilitation after brain injury is essential to regain lost skills and live as independently as possible.”

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