Catherine Pugh, government relations manager at PAN, will be a guest on The Parkinson Radio Hour on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. Tune into 1230 WBZT on the radio or online to hear Host Jeff Dowd ask Catherine about PAN’s work on Medicare therapy caps.
Many people with Parkinson’s use physical, occupational, and/or speech-language therapy services to maintain quality of life, and that is why PAN continues to work to ensure people with Parkinson’s can receive these medically necessary services. For people with Medicare, there is currently a combined $1,920 yearly cap for physical therapy and speech-language therapy, and a separate $1,920 yearly cap for occupational therapy for Medicare beneficiaries. However, for those who exceed the limits, Congress created an exceptions process for medically necessary services. The exceptions process is currently available until March 2015. To better serve people with Parkinson’s, PAN is working to permanently repeal the Medicare therapy caps.
Visit www.wbzt.com and click on “Listen Live” at the top left side of the screen to hear the broadcast online at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. The radio program will also be archived and made available for later listening here.
According to their website, The Parkinson Radio Hour’s mission is “to bring hope along with the latest information on finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improve the quality of life for patients in South Florida.” The show’s founding sponsor is the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.
For more information on therapy caps, visit www.parkinsonsaction.org/our-work/medicare.