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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-HR1546 on Apr 14, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (MARS)
Source: HR.1546&S829
Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2011 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to repeal the cap on outpatient physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy services of the type furnished by a physician or as an incident to physicians' services.

SEC. 2. OUTPATIENT THERAPY CAP REPEAL.

Section 1833 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(l)) is amended by striking subsection (g).

[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com "Therapy Cap"]:

In 1997 Congress established per-person Medicare spending limits, or "therapy cap" for nonhospital outpatient therapy, but responding to concerns that some people with Medicare need extensive services, it has since placed temporary moratoriums on the caps. The therapy cap is a combined $1,810 Medicare cap for physical therapy and speech language pathology, and a separate $1,810 cap for occupational therapy ($1870 for 2011). Medicare patients requiring rehabilitation from disabilities, car accidents, hip injuries, stroke, and other ailments would be limited to roughly two months worth of treatments at an outpatient therapy clinic. Any patients that exceed the cap, whether they are healed or not, would have to stop therapy, or pay for the therapy services out of their own pocket.Several medical associations have lobbied against therapy caps because the bill inadvertently restricted disabled seniors, stroke patients, and other severe cases from receiving therapy treatments.

Also see the related Senate bill S0829.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill increasing funding for occupational therapy (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-HR1546

Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Jason Altmire s1sPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Xavier Becerra s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1sNew York Democrat 
Dan Boren s1sOklahoma Democratic Governor Challenger 
Leonard Boswell s1sIowa Democrat 
Bruce Braley s1sIA Democratic Challenger 
Corrine Brown s1sFlorida Democrat 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat 
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1sKentucky Democrat 
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1sMissouri Democrat 
Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia Democrat 
Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1sOregon Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Barney Frank s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s1sTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Gene Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Janice Hahn s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Brian Higgins s1sNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Ron Kind s1sWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1sRhode Island Democrat 
Rick Larsen s1sWashington Democrat 
Sander Levin s1sMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
David Loebsack s1sIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Ben Ray Lujan s1sNew Mexico Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1sMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Brad Miller s1sNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Collin Peterson s1sMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine Democrat 
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Laura Richardson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Mike Ross s1sArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1sMaryland Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1sOhio Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s1sPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Tim Walz s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1sOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-HR1546

Steve Austria s1sOhio Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Lou Barletta s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Michael Burgess s1sTexas Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s1sWest Virginia Republican 
John Howard Coble s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
Mark Critz s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Geoff Davis s1sKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Elton Gallegly s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jim Gerlach s2pPennsylvania Republican 
Bill Johnson s1sOhio Republican 
Peter King s1sNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Tom Latham s1sIowa Republican 
Steven LaTourette s1sOhio Republican 
Frank LoBiondo s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Tom Marino s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican 
Candice Miller s1sMichigan Republican 
Gary Miller s1sCalifornia Republican 
Tim Murphy s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Alan Nunnelee s1sMississippi Republican 
Steve Pearce s1sNew Mexico Republican 
Todd Platts s1sPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jon Runyan s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Bill Shuster s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Christopher Smith s1sNew Jersey Republican 
Glenn Thompson s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Robert Wittman s1sVirginia Republican 
Don Young s1sAlaska Republican 



Independents participating in 11-HR1546



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 84
Republicans: 30
Independents: 0


















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