Guard against cuts to Medicaid prosthetics

May 27, 2011

I am writing to speak up for amputees and persons with chronic limb impairment. Several states have taken the extreme steps of trying to modify Medicaid benefits so that the state would deny access to artificial limbs. I am asking you to keep this from happening in Maryland.

Recent studies such as the "Prosthetic and Orthotic Adult Benefit" by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy have concluded that providing this essential health benefit saves money by helping patients avoid costly co-morbid medical conditions. Orthotics and prosthetics permit patients to return to gainful employment and end their dependency on government assistance programs.

I know the economy is bad and states face serious budgetary crises, I just didn't know that things are so bad that states would take artificial limbs from amputees! Thank you for your consideration and any help you can provide to assure that this never happens here.

Philip C. Hewett, Annapolis

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