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Link fights to provide medically necessary coverage to Illinoisans with MS

link 020217SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents with multiple sclerosis could receive easier access to medically necessary physical therapy without the fear of burdensome limits or calendar year maximums.

“People struggling with multiple sclerosis need access to physical therapy to delay or prevent future problems,” State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) said.

Legislation that Link is proposing this year, Senate Bill 193, would require all insurance companies to cover all physical therapy treatments for people with multiple sclerosis without treatment limitation or calendar year maximums.  It means that patients with MS would no longer be subject to waiting periods, cost sharing limits and other limits.

“It is unfathomable that those who struggle with multiple sclerosis are not being allowed to take action that could help them,” Link said. “Insurance companies’ restrictions allow potentially irreversible damage to be done to the patient.”

Currently, insurance companies can limit the number of physical therapy sessions covered, even if more sessions are medically necessary.