Essential Health Benefits
The Amputee Coalition will work to ensure prosthetics and custom orthotics are included in the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) which is established under the health care reform law (The Affordable Care Act of 2010). This initiative has the potential to create a standard level of care and would confirm the importance of prosthetics and custom orthotics in all insurance plans. The determination of the EHB regulations will have a lasting impact not only on the state exchanges, but will also have an impact on Medicare, Medicaid, and even employee health plans.
Advance Insurance Fairness for Amputees
The Amputee Coalition will continue to work with advocates and partners at the state and federal level to pass fair insurance access for amputees. In 2011, we saw our 20th state pass insurance fairness for amputees and introduced the bill in the US Senate. We will continue to seek introduction in the US House and push for more states to make sure members of the limb loss community have adequate coverage for the services and devices they need.
The Amputee Coalition will look to maintain current funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that exists within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). This funding goes a long way in funding the services and resources the Amputee Coalition provides for the limb loss community.
Reasonable Travel for Amputees
Assuring that security screening is conducted in a reasonable and appropriate fashion by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for people with limb loss remains a priority for the Amputee Coalition. There remain concerns about the intrusiveness of screening, exposure to radiation and consistency of screening policies from the limb loss community. The Amputee Coalition will continue to work with TSA to help them to understand these issues so that they can be appropriately addressed to make the traveling experience as reasonable as possible while maintaining the safety for all air travel.
Limb Loss Awareness Month Proclamations
The Amputee Coalition is seeking a Presidential proclamation that would declare April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. In addition, a template proclamation for states will be available for those who would like to continue to push for gubernatorial proclamations. This will help the Amputee Coalition to raise awareness about limb loss and provide a mechanism for the whole community to increase their awareness of limb loss.
Advance work with partners and coalition groups
The Amputee Coalition has as a goal to continue to build partnerships with national disability coalitions and professional member organizations to collaborate on issues that affect the limb loss community as well as general disability community. These issues tend to be broader issues (Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA], Medicare and Medicaid issues, funding for programs and research, and among others, other access to care issues), and the Amputee Coalition will advance our work with these partner groups to ensure the limb loss community, the disabled community, and the professional community that supports people with limb loss are represented.