May 10, 2016


In Florida this week, the first Invictus Games kick off, celebrating the achievements of those who have suffered limb loss.


Meanwhile, in Washington, new Medicare rules are set to go into effect that rely on outdated data to limit access to clinically appropriate and medically necessary prosthetic care.


I am struck by this contrast. 


Well, maybe "struck" isn't the right word.


"Outraged" might be a better word.


This Medicare rule is, to put it bluntly, an abject failure of government to do the right thing. If it goes into effect, it will diminish quality of life for thousands of people who have suffered limb loss.


What cost does that carry? How much productivity will be lost because amputees can not get the prosthetics that allow them to perform work comfortably?


How many families will fray because poorly fitting or poorly functioning limbs make it too difficult or too painful for amputees to be fully engaged in living?


Fortunately, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has taken up the issue. Hopefully, they will amend this rule and provide the care that amputees need and deserve.


With every ounce of due respect to those competing in the Invictus Games, that would be an achievement truly worth celebrating for those who have suffered limb loss.




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