ACA Unveils 2011 Legislative Agenda
During the first session of the 112th Congress, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) will advocate for strategies that promote sound public policy aimed at supporting the health and well-being of people living with limb loss and limb difference, providing fair access to prosthetic and orthotic devices, and reducing limb loss.
Fund the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC): Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that began in 1997, the ACA developed and continues to manage the NLLIC. The ACA advocates for a robust funding increase for the NLLIC to grow the resource center and increase outreach that positively impacts the quality of life of amputees and promotes limb-loss prevention.
Advance Prosthetic & Orthotic Parity: The need continues to grow for fair access to O&P care through employer-based and private insurance companies. At the federal level, the ACA will continue to collaborate with the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and others to advance parity reintroduction in the House and Senate. At the state level, the ACA is working closely with our Amputee Advocacy Network (AAN). Currently, 19 states have passed parity laws. States introducing legislation when their legislatures convene include Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. States that are likely to introduce bills are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Nebraska, North Carolina, and North Dakota. Several other states are showing interest and beginning to organize.
Pass the Limb Loss Awareness Month Resolution on the Federal and State Levels: The ACA advocates congressional passage of a resolution designating April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. At the federal level, the ACA will work with Rep. John Duncan to reintroduce and advance the Limb Loss Awareness Month Resolution at the start of the 2011 session. At the state level, the ACA will provide its volunteers with support to attain gubernatorial proclamations for state recognition of April as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
Make Parking Permits Practical: In 2011, the ACA will chart parking permit status in each state and identify issues that the ACA may tackle in 2012.
End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare Benefits: The ACA will research the impact of the two-year waiting period on amputees while also continuing to participate in the national Coalition to End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare.
Support State P&O Licensure Efforts for Consumer Protection: In keeping with state requirements imposed on similar health disciplines, licensure of O&P professionals will help to ensure the health and safety of consumers as well as ensure a consistent and expected level of care provided to patients. The ACA will support active state licensure bills.
For more information, visit www.amputee-coalition.org