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help us oppose senate bill 121

 

We need your help. Senate Bill 121 (SB 121) is an extremely problematic piece of legislation for physical therapists and the patients receiving our services for auto accident related injuries. KPTA opposes SB 121 and the senators in Frankfort need to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to contact your state senator and share your opposition to SB 121.

 

Contact information for your state senator can be found by entering the Legislative Action Center (note: Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are NOT state senators). Following are talking points you may share with your state senator:

 

·         SB 121 reduces the amount of personal injury protection (PIP) available to cover costs associated with rehabilitation. Because of this, patients will have to rely more on their private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. High co-pays and “caps” on treatment may cause patients and prescribers to rely more heavily on opioid use for pain, thus escalating Kentucky’s already epidemic opioid abuse problems.

 

·         SB 121 is especially problematic for the Medicaid population. It will put medical providers and rehabilitation centers in a financial squeeze; thus shifting the costs of treating injured motorists to Medicaid, instead of to auto insurance companies. 

 

·         This patient population provides incentives for self-referral. For example, a healthcare provider who owns a MRI machine will often order multiple imaging tests for these patients. This legislation does not correct problems associated with referral-for-profit situations. It also does not address the cases of fraud and abuse perpetrated by specific providers.

 

·         Injuries sustained in an auto accident are very different from injuries sustained at work. This bill shifts reimbursement to the same fee schedule used for work-related injuries, significantly decreasing reimbursement to providers and over-riding the agreements many have already made with 3rd party payers.

 

·         In section 8, the wording “deemed to be reasonably needed” will provide an opportunity for insurance companies to retrospectively deny payment to providers, should the insurers determine care was not “reasonably needed.”

 

Ultimately, we recognize this patient population is susceptible to fraud, abuse and exploitation. This legislation does nothing to address those issues; instead it penalizes our injured citizens and the providers who care for them.

 

Again, we need you to contact your state senator to oppose SB 121. For more information, or help identifying or contacting your state senator, please email the KPTA office or call 859-485-2812.


 

 

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