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help us oppose senate bill 121 (now house bill 464)

 

We need your help. Senate Bill 121 (SB 121) has been attached to House Bill 464 (HB 464). 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 legislators in Frankfort need to hear from you. Please call the legislative message line at 800-372-7181 and leave a message for ALL members of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government asking them to oppose HB 464 if SB 121 is attached to it. Please make your call prior to the close of business on Monday, March 26th.

 

Following are talking points you may share with your state legislators:

 

·         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 (the Workers' Compensation fee schedule), significantly decreasing reimbursement to providers and over-riding the agreements many have already made with 3rd party payers.

 

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 the Senate Committee on State and Local Government to oppose SB 121/HB464. For more information, please email the KPTA office or call 859-485-2812.


 

 

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