September 21, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- CARF International joined eighteen other national and international organizations in urging inclusion of rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices in the essential benefits package of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The ACA mandates that each state identify a benchmark health plan that it will use as a template to design a plan that meets the essential benefits provisions outlined in the ACA.
Rehabilitation organizations banded together to advocate for a benefits package that meets the diverse needs of the persons that the organizations serve. The guidelines represent the principles that should be used by each state and the Federal Health Exchanges.
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Health Policy Networking Group sponsored a Rehabilitation Summit to bring interdisciplinary rehabilitation community leaders together. The summit resulted in the "Determining an Essential Benefits Plan for Rehabilitation and Habilitation Services and Devices: A Value-based Approach" document jointly endorsed by:
- Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
- American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
- American Music Therapy Association
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- American Physical Therapy Association
- American Psychological Association (Division 22) (Rehabilitation Psychology)
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- American Spinal Injury Association
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association
- Amputee Coalition of America
- Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
- Brain Injury Association of America
- CARF International
- Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
- North American Brain Injury Society
- United Spinal Association
The Rehabilitation Summit coordinator, Gary R. Ulicny, Ph.D., president/CEO of the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, said, "The summit was designed to bring together the diverse groups that represent the field of rehabilitation and to develop consensus positions on health policy issues that will have implications for the persons we serve."
Read the full text of the "Open letter to states on examining the process that states are currently engaged in to define essential health benefits at the state level" document (PDF).
Use a sample letter to send to state government leaders, including the governor and insurance commissioner (Word).
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