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Video: Members of Congress Receive Legislative Awards From National Amputee Organizations
Date:9/16/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amputee Coalition of America and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association today announced that Senators Tom Harkin and Olympia J. Snowe and Representatives Robert E. Andrews, George Miller, and Lincoln Diaz-Balart are recipients of their joint organizations' 2009 Legislative Appreciation Awards.

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The awards are being presented today at a mini-Hill Day event, with more than 40 amputees and advocates from around the country also visiting Capitol Hill to make specific recommendations to Congress for the inclusion of prosthetic arms and legs in the national healthcare reform legislation.

"For their commitment, dedication and service to ensuring quality healthcare for amputees and their effort to make certain that fair insurance coverage is available for prosthetic arms and legs, we are proud to present these awards as a token of our appreciation to these members of Congress," said Kendra Calhoun, Amputee Coalition president and CEO. Calhoun emphasized that healthcare for amputees needs fair consideration in any healthcare reform proposal. "Amputees are no longer a hidden part of our society, and they need to be heard in the healthcare debate. This is the message they will carry to Capitol Hill today."

The Amputee Coalition and other disability groups have heralded the inclusion in the healthcare reform bills of guaranteed issue and renewal of coverage in the individual and small group markets, the prohibition of pre-existing health condit
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