The Amputee Coalition will focus on ensuring fair insurance coverage for prosthetics provided through Medicaid. We are actively seeking advocates to support these efforts.
In 2023, the Arkansas State Legislature passed HB-1252. This legislation requires coverage for prosthetic devices for athletics or recreation and prosthetic devices for showering or bathing. Recreational Prothetics are available to individuals who qualify in the Medicare functional level status as a K-3 or K-4 functional level. The effective date of this legislation is August 1st, 2023.
The Arkansas State Legislature passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2009. HB2244 passed unanimously through both chambers of the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Mike Beebe (D) on April 6th, 2009.
State Government Information
The Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
Arkansas’ State Legislature works on a two-year cycle. Session runs from January until May in the first year and from February until March in the second.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid- Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Arkansas Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of Arkansas’ government. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: