AOPA recently brought the message to Congress that “Mobility Saves” with a special news briefing where participants could view the latest prosthetic technology, receive an overview of insurance challenges patients face, along with legislative, regulatory and research issues in Orthotics & Prosthetics, Medicare, VA, the Department of Defense and the private sector.
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and Amputee Adrianne Haslet was one of the featured speakers at the event, and mentioned Mobility Saves in a CNN Opinion Editorial about the bombing and her new normal since becoming an amputee, including her advocacy work such as at the Congressional Briefing. Ms. Haslet is a ballroom dancer and has been an advocate for O&P Care and other causes since becoming an amputee.
An Excerpt from Ms. Haslet’s Op-Ed:
“Recently, I spoke to members of Congress on behalf of the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association with the Amputee Coalition for Mobility Saves. Mobility Saves has proven to Medicare that providing coverage for prosthetics saves lives and money. It was an honor and privilege to speak to members of Congress and their aides.
Some states, by law, only provide one leg per lifetime. This has to change and I look forward to returning to Congress regularly until this changes. There are so many causes I had no idea needed so much support until this happened. I am privileged to be invited to help these teams make a difference.”