Amputees seek better insurance coverage for prosthetics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Amputees and prosthetics makers are pushing Tennessee to require health insurance to cover the cost of replacement limbs.

Some private insurance pays only $1,000 to $2,000 for a prosthetic which may cost 10 times that much while other insurance limits a patient to one device per lifetime.

A state legislative committee is expected to consider requiring private insurers to cover what Medicare does. That's about 80 percent of the prosthetic cost and a replacement every three to five years.

But Rep. Richard Montgomery, a Sevierville Republican, says passage is unlikely because the bill would increase TennCare costs.

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Read HB2145 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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