(Oct. 30) – Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, has been recognized by the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado for her support of that profession.
Awards were presented to Rep. Primavera and Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Canon City, at OTAC’s annual meeting on Oct. 24 in Thornton. Rep. Primavera and Sen. Crowder sponsored a new law enacted in 2015 to study ways to make physical rehabilitation services more affordable for Colorado patients.
Currently, copays for physical rehab services cost the same as specialty medical services. But physical rehabilitation services generally require 8-12 visits in relatively quick succession. The huge outlay for copays prevents many middle- and lower-income people from completing their prescribed rehab sessions.
“We want to ensure that all Coloradans can better afford physical rehabilitation services,” Rep. Primavera said. “When middle-class Colorado families can’t afford the copays, we get poorer health outcomes and increased demand for state-provided social services, and we put rehab providers out of business.”