Federal Issues

The Triple A Study Act

The Amputee Coalition applauds a major development in support of the limb loss and limb difference community, as the federal government initiates a study of the barriers to prosthetic device assessment and access for 2.1 million Americans with limb loss. After nearly two years of grassroots and Congressional support for the Triple A Study Act (a bipartisan bill that calls for the study), the authors of the legislation sought to move the study forward either through legislation or through direct engagement with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In recent weeks, the Congressional champions wrote to the GAO requesting that the office begin the study as soon as possible. The GAO responded within weeks, writing to Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) that the office will initiate the study this year.The Amputee Coalition has proudly worked to develop, support, and advocate for the Triple A Study Act to ensure equitable health care for people living with limb loss or limb difference, and to uphold a common standard for best practices in our nation’s health systems. With the active leadership and engagement of advocates from across the country, the Triple A Study Act garnered bicameral, bipartisan support prompting the legislation’s original sponsors to send a letter to GAO to request that the study commence immediately – shortcutting the longer legislative process of consideration, passage, and enactment.With 28 million Americans currently at risk of limb loss, it is critical to understand the barriers to care and identify solutions to positively impact members of our community. Learnings from the GAO study will help identify ways to improve the quality of life for everyone with limb loss or limb difference. The Amputee Coalition is committed to disseminating these new discoveries through all of its programs, including the National Limb Loss Resource Center and in partnership with the Administration of Community Living.

Support Funding for the National Limb Loss Resource Center®

Have you ever had a peer visit?  Joined a support group?  Attended the Amputee Coalition’s annual National Conference or a Limb Loss Education Day?  Has your child spent a week at Youth Camp?  Have you ever read one of our publications, like First Step or Take a Seat, Check Your Feet?  Those resources are made possible by funding for the National Limb Loss Resource Center.

The Amputee Coalition operates the National Limb Loss Resource Center through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Funding for the National Limb Loss Resource Center is decided every year through the Congressional appropriations process.  No ACL funding is ever used for lobbying purposes.

If you want to ensure that the Amputee Coalition can continue to provide the support services, informational materials, and events you’ve come to count on, we need to you to ask your Senators and Representative to support funding for the National Limb Loss Resource Center!

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