In keeping with our goal to continually provide you with important information for you and your business, we will begin including occasional legislative affairs updates from other organizations in the Facilitator. In this issue, we wanted to let you know about activities that ABC and the O&P Alliance are undertaking as well as those championed by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).
In May, Congress introduced the Alliance supported Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act which would authorize $5 million per year for three years to provide limited, one-time competitive grants to qualified universities to create or expand accredited advanced education programs in prosthetics and orthotics.
AOPA worked with Congress to secure a 50 percent increase (to $15 million) in the Department of Defense’s funding bill for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) to advance research in prosthetic and orthotic outcomes, and priorities for research to fill those gaps. AOPA will work closely with CDMRP to ensure they’re receiving high quality grant proposals and funding the best available research opportunities.
On November 22, the House introduced H.R. 5262, the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act. A high priority for the Alliance, this bill would:
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