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Launching "Coalition To Run & Walk Again" To Aid Boston Terror Victims, Artificial Limb Makers Warn Of Gaps In Health Insurance
Date:4/30/2013

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Uninsured and under-insured victims of the Boston Marathon terror attack who are undergoing amputations will be provided major assistance with the cost of their initial prostheses and related care as a result of the creation by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) of the "Coalition to Walk and Run Again."

In launching the initiative, AOPA officials said that a number of the Boston terror victims now requiring artificial limbs will experience the financial nightmare that befalls thousands of Americans facing amputations:  often extremely severe limits in health insurance coverage, such as a cap of $1,000 per prostheses or coverage for only one artificial limb over the course of an individual's lifetime. In practice, the care and cost of an initial prosthetic device could add up to $30,000 or more and often must be replaced every five-seven years.

AOPA Executive Director Tom Fise said:  "Our goal here as the makers of artificial limbs is to extend compassionate aid to the victims of the Boston terror attacks.   We extend our prayers and best wishes to all persons injured as a result of the bombings for a full and complete recovery to health, mobility and restored function, employment, and family life.  We want to ensure that, in the midst of this horrific tragedy, these individuals are not further traumatized by the harsh and unreasonable limits that are present in all too many health insurance policies today in the United States.  As an industry, we would not want to see these people victimized twice."

Kendra Calhoun , president, Amputee Coalition, said:  "The terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon was truly an extraordinarily sad event. We commend all the organizations, like the AOP
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SOURCE American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association. Washington, D.C.
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