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States Look To Lower Speech, Occupational Therapy Costs

24th April, 2012

[Source: Disability Scoop]
Should a physical therapy session cost a patient as much as a visit to a neurosurgeon or other specialist?
Therapists think not.
They are backing proposals in several states to limit the amount insurers can require patients to pay for physical, occupational or speech therapy. Legislation is pending in Pennsylvania, Missouri and New York. Lawmakers in South Dakota and Kentucky have already passed measures.
While the proposals vary, the majority would require insurers to make patient co-payments no more for a therapy session than an office visit to a primary care doctor.
In the case of physical therapy, a growing number of insurers and employers classify those visits as specialty care, so patients generally pay a higher copayment, often the same amount as for a visit to a specialist, such as a surgeon, neurologist or cardiologist.
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