State Outlook

The Amputee Coalition will focus on ensuring fair insurance coverage for prosthetics provided through Medicaid. We are actively seeking advocates to support these efforts.

Legislative Activity

The Massachusetts General Court passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2006. HB5256 was signed into law by Governor Mitt Romney (R) on September 6th, 2006.

As part of the legislative process, the Massachusetts General Court commissioned the Massachusetts Insurance Fairness Study to study and evaluate the impact of a mandated benefit pertaining to health insurance coverage for prosthetic devices.

State Government Information

The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Republican Party controls the Office of the Governor.

Massachusetts’ State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until December with periodic breaks throughout the year.

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 is not limited to the number of terms they can serve. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of Massachusetts’ government. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Division provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.

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The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts:

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