We are grateful to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Max Baucus, DMont., Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., and Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., for working in a bipartisan manner to craft and introduce H.R. 6408.
We urge Congress to pass this legislation, which will extend Medicare therapy caps exceptions
process through 2007 and prevent cuts in the Medicaid reimbursement system by setting a maximum allowable provider tax rate at 5.5 percent through 2011.
Without an extension of the exceptions process, thousands of seniors recovering from strokes, hip replacements and other serious conditions will need to forgo necessary occupational, speech and physical therapy or find a way to pay for it themselves. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that 80 percent of seniors who applied for coverage over the $1,740 therapy cap would qualify for it, and that nearly 600,000 beneficiaries would have exceeded it.