The Amputee Coalition continues to work on the Federal "Fair Insurance for Amputees Act" (formerly the Prosthetic and Orthotic Parity Act). A bill has been introduced in House (H.R. 3020), and is pending reintroduction in the Senate. The Amputee Coalition is working to build relationships with new members and are approaching past supporters to urge them to support fair insurance access and independence for the limb loss community.
Additionally, State efforts are being supported by the North Carolina Orthotics and Prosthetics Trade Association (NCOPTA) and a bill has been drafted. NCOPTA, along with help from the Amputee Coalition plans to seek a sponsor for The North Carolina Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act in 2014. Considering the current climate surrounding healthcare both at the Federal and State levels, it will be difficult to get new healthcare legislation introduced but there is no better time than now to get this issue in the spotlight.
Arms and Legs are not a luxury and prosthetic care should be covered on par with all other major medical expenses, such as hip and knee replacement surgeries.
For more information about how you can Share your voice and help make a difference for the limb loss and limb difference community visit Amputee-Coalition.com or the Advocacy page at www.Beaconpo.com.