Let us have legs! Amputees march on DC

The Watchdog blog

Is Medicare trying to turn back the clock for people who have lost limbs?

Amputees from around the country, including Atlanta’s Jordan Thomas, went to Washington on Wednesday to protest against a proposal that they say could make it harder for people to get the most advanced artificial limbs.

“If CMS goes through with this proposal, it will truly eviscerate the amputee population,” said Thomas, 26, who lost both his legs in a boating accident when he was 16. “It will return us to a quality of care comparable to the 1970s. In total, approximately 1.5 million people will be impacted and there’s no question that we’ll receive inferior prosthetic care moving forward.”

Atlanta's Jordan Thomas (right) went to Washington this week with his parents, Dr. Vic Thomas and Dr. Lizbeth Kennedy Thomas, to protest a proposed Medicare change for prosthetics. Atlanta’s Jordan Thomas (right) went to Washington this week with his parents, Dr. Vic Thomas and Dr. Lizbeth Kennedy Thomas, to protest a proposed Medicare change for prosthetics.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the Medicare…

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