Recognizing Equine Therapy As A Legitimate Medical Service

Resolution Number SAC09.27

Recognizing Equine Therapy As A Legitimate Medical Service

WHEREAS, equine therapy has been proven to provide effective treatment for individuals with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, autism, stroke and many other conditions; and

WHEREAS, equine therapy is currently not covered as a codable, billable expense in medical health plans as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or mental health treatment; and

WHEREAS, this denies effective medical equine therapy treatment to persons with disabilities who cannot afford to pay for these treatments with their own money, creating a class of underserved individuals unable to get the health services they need;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports a requirement that medical insurance companies add equine therapy to their billable expense in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges Legislators to actively work to have equine therapy included as billable medical expenses through inclusion in proposals for health care reform, or through other means, in cooperation with representatives of the disabled community.

Submitted by the CDP Disabilities Caucus, August J.P. Longo, Chair

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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