DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Prosthetic limbs are not a luxury! That’s the rally cry of amputees across the country in the face of proposed Medicare changes they fear could severely limit their access to prostheses. Glen Schober and Aimee Eckert from Optimus Prosthetic in Vandalia spoke about their fear, saying it would have a profoundly negative impact on amputees here at home, and across the country.
We reached out to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Wednesday. In a statement the agency said in part, “CMS believes that Medicare beneficiaries will continue to have access to lower-limb prosthetics that are appropriate, and the intent of this proposed local coverage determination is not meant to restrict any medically necessary prosthesis.”
A public hearing was held today, but the public has until August 31 to comment on the coverage proposal.
A CMS official said comments can be submitted electronically to the medical director of Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor, no later than close of business on August 31 at: DMAC_Draft_LCD_Comments@anthem.com.