Grassroots Advocacy Center
Here you can learn how to become an advocate and be a leader in the limb loss community. We provide information about how to contact your legislators and provide talking points and fact sheets below on a variety of the Amputee Coalition’s legislative priorities.
In addition to becoming an advocate on legislative priorities, this page will also provide information on how to become your own advocate and empower you to make a difference for yourself and in your community.
Become an Advocate for the Limb Loss Community:
Stay informed about issues affecting the limb loss community and how you can help by joining our mailing list!
Volunteer with the Amputee Coalition and make a difference for the limb loss community.
Share your stories, videos, and pictures of you in action!
- Share and join the discussions on the Amputee Coalition’s Facebook page
- Share your videos, media coverage, or personal comments on the Amputee Coalition’s YouTube channel
Advocates in Action:
Minnesotans push for Insurance Fairness for Amputees
Tools for Effective Advocates:
- Amputee Coalition Legislative Alerts:
Insurance Fairness for Amputees Introduced in the US House in 2013!
- Fact Sheets:
Insurance Fairness for Amputees 2013
Center for Disease Control (CDC) funding for Limb Loss Information Center 2013
Insurance Fairness White Paper
- Call/email Scripts:
Insurance Fairness for Amputees
Letters supported by the Amputee Coalition
- Amputee Coalition letter to Health and Human Services on Essential Health Benefits Bulletin 1/31/12
- Medicare O&P Improvement Act Cosponsor letter to Senator Alexander
- Medicare O&P Improvement Act Cosponsor letter to Senator Corker
Legislation supported by the Amputee Coalition
Contact Your Legislators
If you’d like to contact your state legislators, visit our State Issues page and click on your state.
To contact your Federal legislators, use the links below to find your Representative and your two Senators:
Why Advocates are working to make a difference:
Carrie, New York:
"When my son Chase was 1 year old, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. We made the difficult decision to amputate his right leg to save his life. Much to my surprise, getting the proper insurance coverage for the cost of his prosthesis was nearly impossible. All I could think of was, 'How can this be?! I chose to amputate my son's leg to give him the best chance for a quality life, and an insurance company can take that away?!'"
"I was born without the lower portion of my right arm. Even though I've always worked and had insurance, I have not had coverage for my arm since I left my parents’ Blue Cross. I am 40 years old. My last prosthesis was more than 20 years ago; it no longer fits or works properly. I really would like to have a new arm, but I can’t afford the cost without insurance."
"Without a leg, it’s extremely difficult for me to work to pay bills and help provide for my family. And without a leg, I can’t go out and play or go hiking in the woods with my children. This is both a financial issue in terms of lost wages and a personal issue in terms of the impact on my ability to lead a full life."
"I called our insurance company to determine if this $7,000 lifetime cap is a policy-specific limit set by my wife’s employer or if the insurance company uses this as an across-the-board policy. The insurance company was reluctant to give me answers at first, but I was finally told that limiting orthotic/prosthetic (O&P) coverage to $7,000 lifetime is a companywide policy. I pay them for a service, and I expect adequate care under that service; it’s only fair."