Thursday, May 26, 2022

Health Care Reform & DMEPOS

Morgan Sheets

Arms and legs are not a luxury. They are basic items that people with limb loss or congenital limb absence need to hug their children, to go to school, to walk safely across a street, to work to support their family and simply to function every day. They are a necessity. The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) feels that any healthcare reform proposal that truly gets at improving health systems and enhancing access must address the healthcare needs of people with limb loss.

The ACA strongly supports the insurance market reforms that are currently included in the healthcare reform package(s), including guaranteed issue and renewal of coverage in the individual and small group markets, the prohibition of pre-existing health condition exclusions, and the end of annual and lifetime insurance caps with a limit on out-of-pocket spending.

We are committed to ensuring that the essential benefit categories in the House and Senate bills include coverage for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).

SAVE THE DATE! The ACA, AOPA and Hanger are working to bring together activists from CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, IA, KS, NM, OR, WY, MT, CA, UT, OR, ND, and WV in Washington, D.C. on September 16. We will be holding meetings throughout the week. We are looking for folks to join us for a series of events and conversations. We need to show support for true healthcare reform that helps amputees reach their full potential!

JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 16 to push for true healthcare reform! Contact the ACA’s advocacy department today for more information or to RSVP for this event ([email protected] or 202/302-4373).

Can’t make it to D.C. in September? We still need your help. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202/224-3121 and ask for your senators’ and/or representative’s office.

* Sample Call Script: Please, include specific language regarding durable medical equipment such as prosthetic devices in the healthcare reform bill. Help amputees remain employed, independent and productive!

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