Tricare Management Activity: Accept the decision of the judge whom they hired and paid to hear our case
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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs
Tricare Management Activity
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Texas
Sen. John Cornyn
Texas-12
Rep. Kay Granger

Tricare Management Activity: Accept the decision of the judge whom they hired and paid to hear our case

    1. Jennifer Samuels
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Samuels

      Keller, TX

My husband has served on active duty in the Navy for over 20 years. Our severely disabled daughter, Kaitlyn, was receiving physical therapy services which were approved and paid for by Tricare. After over one year, Tricare stopped coverage of her therapy and recouped all previous payments due to the fact that it was determined Kaitlyn was receiving "hippotherapy". Kaitlyn's physical therapist was using a horse as a therapy tool rather than a ball or a bolster, but she was still receiving only physical therapy. This was noted in every PT note the therapist submitted to Tricare for payment and the intent to use the horse was included in the physical therapy evaluation summary also submitted to Tricare prior to payment. We appealed this decision and ultimately had a hearing in February 2012. The judge was chosen and paid for by Tricare. We paid our own attorney fees. The judge found in our favor, however, Tricare disagrees and continues to deny coverage. We followed the appeals process that was required of us and Tricare needs to accept the decision of the judge they hired and provide coverage for the therapy Kaitlyn is entitled.

To:
Tricare Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. John Cornyn, Texas
Rep. Kay Granger, Texas-12
Accept the decision of the judge whom they hired and paid to hear our case

For coverage of therapy services for our daughter.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Lisa Belderes HARDY, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a physical therapist who practices hippotherapy treatment. This is the most beneficial treatment for some of my patients and more effective in some cases than treating in a clinical setting.

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    • Kyla Somerville TULSA, OK
      • about 1 year ago

      Therapists must continue to think creatively and progressively in order to provide functional, goal-achieving treatment strategies in today's dynamic society. This includes "unconventional" therapy modalities, including the use of animals, when appropriate, in therapy sessions.

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    • Deryl Newby BRIDGEPORT, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a physical therapist assistant student and understand the importance of this type of therapy. The horse is simply another tool for the therapist to use in treating the patient and, in this case, it is much more effective and beneficial to Kaitlyn to receive this type of therapy.

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    • stephen collins NORTH FORT MYERS, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      its not... this just shows though that this country is a steaming pile of s#!t !! also though i dont see how her riding a horse will save her life i deffinately call BS on that one.

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    • Dolores Edmondson GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      How shameful of Tricare. with a Dad who continues to put his life on the line for this country -- how in good conscience can therapy for his disabled daughter be denied. Hopefully this will be corrected soon. I stand with this family

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