The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has received two donations totaling $20,000.
Otto Bock HealthCare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, donated $15,000 to support efforts to pass O&P parity legislation. Purdue Pharma, Stamford, Connecticut, has become an ACA patron sponsor with a commitment of $5,000 to support the ACA’s programs and services.
“Financial support for our parity efforts helps us move steadily toward the goal of achieving realistic and fair insurance coverage for people living with limb loss,” said Morgan Sheets, ACA’s national advocacy director. “The donation from Otto Bock HealthCare helped us pass six state parity bills and introduce the Federal Prosthetic and Custom Orthotic Parity Act-just in the 2009 legislative session.”
“At Otto Bock, our vision to keep people mobile and independent is perfectly in synch with parity efforts,” said Brad Ruhl, vice president and general manager for Otto Bock HealthCare North America. “We are passionate about ensuring that the people who use our products have appropriate insurance coverage and are treated with dignity and respect.”
“We are pleased and proud to play a part in supporting the Amputee Coalition of America,” said Purdue Pharma President and CEO John H. Stewart. “Purdue Pharma and the coalition both recognize the necessity of proper pain care to avoid and alleviate unnecessary suffering. This sponsorship embodies our long-standing commitment to ensuring proper pain management and access to care for the thousands of amputees suffering from chronic, debilitating pain.”
Purdue Pharma is a privately held pharmaceutical company known for its research on persistent pain.
“The ACA shares Purdue Pharma’s goal of finding solutions to alleviate suffering for amputees,” added ACA President and CEO Kendra Calhoun. “We are thrilled to have the support of a company that is working to alleviate pain that is so often felt by those who experience limb loss, whether through surgery or trauma.”