Ohio bill backs prosthetic parity

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10/20/2009

A bill making the rounds in Ohio would exempt prosthetics from the DME category and make private insurance companies provide the same coverage for limbs as Medicare and Medicaid.

Rep. Denise Driehaus, D, introduced HB 310 last week.

At least 15 states have passed similar bills in the past few years. It's a good idea to pay for limbs. Without them, people are unable to work. That means, in addition to quality of life issues, they typically cost states money to care for them, through increased need for services.

Theresa Flaherty