AMPUTEES who are covered under all New York State Exchange insurance plans via the Affordable Care Act will not be able to get new prosthetics under any circumstances!!!!!!
If you were hit by a car tomorrow and lost an arm or a leg, what would you do?
If you were an amputee and turned eighteen tomorrow, what would you do?
Until very recently, you’d receive a prosthesis to replace your lost limb. If the prosthesis broke, if you lost or gained a significant amount of weight, or if the prosthesis simply became old and outdated, your insurance provider would cover a new one.
However, New York State has just passed legislation restricting amputees covered under all New York State Exchange insurance plans via the Affordable Care Act to receiving one limb per lifetime. You read that correctly – insurance companies offering plans under the New York State Exchange via the Affordable Care Act will no longer be required to cover more than one prosthetic limb for a patient’s ENTIRE LIFE.
This rule doesn’t only affect current amputees or New Yorkers. None of us plan on losing a limb to cancer, trauma, or disease, but the fact is that there are approximately 185,000 new amputations every year in the United States. In addition, while New York is the first state in the US to pass One Limb For Life legislation, similar laws are being considered in many other states right this moment. These laws also hinder the development of new technologies by prosthetic providers and manufacturers. It is almost a certainty that at some point in your life, you or someone you care about will be affected by this law.
BUT WE CAN FIGHT IT!
By spending just one minute signing the petition at the link below, you can make a difference.
But don’t stop there! After you sign, share the word with EVERYONE you know. Forward this by email. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog, and any other way you can. Contact your state legislator by phone, email, or mail. Let’s tell New York State that we’re not going to stand for this unfair law that will prevent amputees from living their lives without limitations!