Proposed Medicare changes could impact lower-limb amputees

(By Amy Mariani,

As Abigail Wold sweeps her kitchen, she moves one prosthetic foot in front of the other. Abigail lost both her legs to meningococcal meningitis 12 years ago. She wears lower-limb prosthetics to get around, but sometimes uses a wheelchair if the terrain is too rocky or if she’s in pain. Proposed changes to Medicare, though, may make her choose.

Medicare is considering changing the way it evaluates and covers people with lower limb prostheses. The 40-page proposal lists numerous changes, including only offering coverage for one sort of assistive device. Read more…


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