ACA Adds Prosthetic Parity Reference Page to Website

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The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), Knoxville, Tennessee, has moved forward with its Access to Care and Health Promotion Initiative by adding a new Prosthetic Parity Reference Page to its website.

After identifying access to care and health promotion as the two most important concerns among people with limb loss, the ACA has given priority to its Access to Care and Health Promotion Initiative, an initiative the ACA feels that closely allies the group with state-specific advocacy and action groups. Together they are seeking to attain new legislative mandates that will secure appropriate levels of insurance coverage for rehabilitative care, prostheses, and prosthetic repair.

"The idea is to encourage these grassroots organizations by showing our support and offering them information and instruction on how to rally the support needed to effect change," says Leslie Duncan, MLS, ACA manager of government relations.

Now available at  www.amputee-coalition.org/aca_advocacy_stateparity.html, the ACA's Prosthetic Parity Reference Page allows anyone who is interested to view state-specific prosthetic parity legislation that has been passed and mandated, as well as other state-specific prosthetic parity legislation that is currently in the works.

"The idea of the new reference page," Duncan continues, "is to highlight all of the accomplishments made thus far and to show other start-up advocacy groups looking to effect change that the idea of the Access to Care and Health Promotion Initiative can be realized and that new state-specific prosthetic parity legislation can be achieved.

"Unfortunately, cuts in healthcare directly affect people living with limb loss by placing restrictions on the money available for state-level Medicaid programs and imposing limits on appropriate and essential rehabilitative care," Duncan says, adding, "Similarly, private insurance companies are placing limits and, in some cases, completely excluding access to essential assistive technologies that offer those with limb loss the opportunity to lead active, healthy, and productive lives. Removing these barriers is the essence of our mission."

For more information regarding these and other issues, please visit www.amputee-coalition.org/aca_advocacy.html, contact an ACA information specialist, or contact Leslie Duncan, 888.267.5669, ext 8115; email: lduncan@amputee-coalition.org