On Friday, May 25, Governor Malloy of Connecticut signed Connecticut Senate Bill 376, An Act Concerning Health Insurance Coverage for Prosthetic Devices. This is the first state legislation passed since 2013 related to ensuring access to care and it signals a return to prioritizing state and grassroots engagement that had shifted due to changes driven by the Affordable Care Act.
“We are particularly impressed with the Connecticut Amputee Network, led by Herb Kolodny and Brenda Novak,” said Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Affairs for the Amputee Coalition. “Their dedication and passion led to bipartisan support, with 38 co-sponsors of the legislation and unanimous passage in both the Connecticut House and Senate. It’s an incredibly powerful accomplishment that will impact the lives of everyone living with limb loss.”
The process also reflects the goals of the Amputee Coalition’s 50-State initiative, which is training and building a nation-wide team of advocates to help lead and support state and local legislative and advocacy priorities.
“We are noting increased challenges to getting the prosthetic care people need to be mobile and independent,” said Jack Richmond, President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “We want to be sure that people affected by limb loss and limb difference have the support they need, whether that is a peer visit, educational resources, community support, or healthcare needs.”