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Support Insurance Coverage of therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities

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While some people with disabilities find acceptance into society hard, there is one animal that does not pass judgment: the horse.

Compared to traditional therapy practices, Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) are helping people with disabilities by enhancing social skills, motor skills and overall quality of life. Families affected by these disabilities are frequently denied coverage by insurance companies, despite the proven benefits of EAAT. This issue is highlighted in Horses That Heal, an original documentary from RIDE TV and F2 Media.

A study recently conducted by Beth Lanning, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Community Health at Baylor University, showed that, when compared to traditional social therapy circles, children who participated in EAAT showed a 42% increase in probability of improved mental health and a 45% increase in probability of improved psychosocial skills.

When Tricare discovered that a military client was using coverage for EAAT for his daughter, Kaitlyn, who suffers from scoliosis, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, not only did they deny further coverage for Kaitlyn’s EAAT, but demanded reimbursement for all previous coverage. Kaitlyn’s Law outlines what constitutes forms of physical therapy that should be covered by Tricare, one of the largest insurance providers for military health care. Now, RIDE TV wants to expand that coverage to all EAAT participants.

Please join RIDE TV and F2 Media in demanding coverage for EAAT, so coverage cannot be denied based on the tools (in this case, horses) being used to treat patients. Families who are benefitting from the extremely positive results of EAAT are depending on you for an improved quality of life.

To learn more about Kaitlyn’s Law and the proven benefits of EAAT, visit www.HorsesThatHealMovie.com

 

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