Increase necessary Medicaid therapy caps in New York State

Increase necessary Medicaid therapy caps in New York State

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Brianna Dykes started this petition to American Occupational Therapy Association and

New York state assembly bill A4846 aims to increase therapy caps established under Social Services Law 365-a. Currently, in New York state individuals covered under Medicaid receive 20 visits of occupational therapy, 20 visits of speech therapy, and 40 visits of physical therapy per calendar year. However, there are only select exceptions to these number caps. These exceptions do not consider whether an individual has reached their maximum safety and functional potential prior to being cut from therapy due to the cap.

When patients are prematurely discharged from rehab services, therapists are not able to provide the best care possible. Early discharge could also result in individuals experiencing a decrease in their quality of life, mobility, safety, ability to complete daily life tasks, ability to return to work, and recovery. Therapists also play a role in establishing pain management and preventing functional decline. By putting a stop to individuals being cut from therapy early, this could lead to decreased hospitalizations and physician visits. 

By passing this bill, it will allow individuals covered under Medicaid to continue to receive services if deemed medically necessary even if they have met their annual therapy limit. This will allow for their increased wellbeing and functional outcomes. I urge you to consider signing this bill to allow individuals to receive the therapy services they need.

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