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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

be as high as $450,000 for a person with multiple limb amputations, $230,000 for a person with a unilateral lower-limb amputation and $117,000 for a person with a unilateral upper-limb amputation.   Studies estimate that the lifetime health care costs for a person with limb loss are more than $500,000 per person.

About The Coalition To Walk & Run Again
All victims who required an amputation as a result of the injuries they sustained from the Boston Marathon bombing have received high quality trauma and surgical treatment by first responders and the incomparable clinical personnel  residing in Massachusetts' hospitals. In some cases, there is a need for subsequent specialized care to help these patients in their recovery.  Some of the victims have the insurance or other financial means to afford the cost of replacement artificial limbs, customized bracing and other mobility aids, and the patient care needed to empower their use.  But it appears that many of the victims, some from Massachusetts and others from diverse locations outside the metro area, may not have any health insurance or may have health insurance plans that will not assure access to the needed limbs and mobility assistive devices.

The new Coalition to Run and Walk Again is committed to assuring the availability of appropriate patient care as well as artificial limbs and other mobility devices on a compassionate access basis for those Boston Marathon bombing victims who otherwise may not have access to these devices and patient care.

The Coalition will seek to use its national network to facilitate care for any Boston Marathon bombing victim for their prosthetic and orthotic needs (excluding physician and hospital costs), with the sole prerequisite being receipt of a letter from the victim's physician indicating that the patient was injured in the Marathon bombing, describing the specific
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SOURCE American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association. Washington, D.C.
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