Dear Editor,

Over 2 million Americans live with limb loss or limb difference, but two-thirds won’t receive a prosthetic device. There is not much information to explain why, or if people are getting access to the care they need. That’s why I’m urging Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to cosponsor the Triple A Study Act (S.1089/H.R.2461).

The Triple A Study Act solves this problem by identifying the best care practices for people living with limb loss and limb difference. It studies specific challenges, including how often people are denied coverage for devices and outcomes like whether patients can return to work.

Medicare, the VA system and private insurers will all benefit from this information.

As a member of the limb loss and limb difference community, my experience obtaining a prosthetic device was made easier by the wonderful people who guided us through fittings, helped us navigate insurance, and I want other people living with limb loss to have the same opportunity so they can live the life they want to live.

The Triple A Study Act is important because it will improve the health of millions of people living with limb loss or limb difference.

Patricia Waddell

Volunteer, Amputee Coalition

Washington Court House

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