Dear friends, family, blog followers, and readers,
How much are your legs WORTH?
How much would you SELL them for?
How much would you PAY to get them back?
Silly questions, maybe.
But for amputees, they're very real.
As you may or may not have heard, Medicare has proposed new changes in their guidelines that, if implemented, will negatively impact amputees across the country. This is not just my opinion. It's echoed by prosthetists, prosthetic companies, physical therapists, rehabilitation hospitals, amputee organizations, and many others. Everyone's concerned.
Since private insurance companies base their coverage on Medicare standards, the effect would be devastating. It would impact trauma survivors, cancer patients, veterans, children, and anyone else who has lost a limb.
The new rules would restrict access to prosthetic limbs and modern equipment. They have the potential to send the prosthetic standard of care back to the 1970's.
That's right -- back to the technology that existed before cell phones, home computers, voicemail, and the internet.
Prosthetics have come a long way since then.
But if these new standards are adopted, modern prosthetic components such as carbon fiber feet, feet with integrated shock absorption or rotation, hydraulic knees, microprocessor knees, and gel liners will NO LONGER BE THE STANDARD OF CARE.
I don't think so.
As an amputee, I can tell you prosthetics are not a luxury. They are a necessity and a way of life.
I use EVERY ONE of those modern components EVERY DAY. I'm not talking about swimming, or climbing, or skating, or running. I'm talking about WALKING.
|Getting around should be a right, not a luxury!|
The good news is that these changes are still up for public discussion. While we live in a country where insurance policies often dictate care, we also live in a country where our voices CAN BE HEARD.
I'm thankful for that.
Please help support me and other amputees by signing this online petition to the White House. It takes only a few minutes and can be signed by anyone -- whether you use a prosthesis or not.
Please consider signing.
Click here to sign the White House petition.
You can also copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rescind-medicare-proposal-restricting-access-prosthetic-limbs-and-returning-amputees-1970s-standards-care
So how much would YOU pay for new legs?
Hopefully you'll never have to find out.
Thank you for standing up for amputees nationwide!
Click here to watch a great video by Prosthetic Innovations. #NotALuxury
Click here for a more detailed summary of the changes and how they'll affect amputees.
Click here to sign the petition. Thank you!