Friday, June 15, 2007

Kernan ASERT (Amputee Support Education Resource Team)

Outpatient Therapy Room, 2200 Kernan Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207, 410-448-6731

June 13, 2007

Dear Amputees,

As you are probably aware, amputees are increasingly facing economic challenges on top of the physical challenges they face every day. During the last five years, there have been drastic changes in healthcare insurance. Many amputees face radically reduced coverage for prosthetics, making it difficult, if not impossible, to afford proper prosthetics and care. This is a trend in insurance coverage.

In a 2006 poll, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) found that 24 percent of its members had their coverage reduced in the past few years, with 4 percent experiencing an elimination of their coverage completely. This is a trend we must change. But we need your help!

There are a group of prosthetists and patients working with the ACA to advance legislation that will mandate coverage for appropriate prosthetic devices and necessary maintenance and repair for their safe and successful use.

At the very least, we ask that each amputee, family member, healthcare professional, and friend pledge to contact their legislators about this effort. They need to hear loud and clear from their districts about the importance of requiring prosthetic coverage. We will provide you with the necessary contact information and sample letters.

Action is taking place right now to push this bill forward. Assistance with phone calls or mailings, attendance and participation in legislative action, and financial assistance through donations of any size are all great ways to assist the effort.

Please join us and we will all benefit!


Mary Jo Young
c/o Naomi Miller/Kim Cardosa
Kernan Hospital
Outpatient Therapy Room

For more information, contact the Advocacy Department of the ACA at 202-742-1885 or

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