Amputees Protest Proposed Restrictions for Prosthetics

Amputees are worried the federal government will limit their access to prosthetics and may be saddled with antiquated technology.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is considering an overhaul to how Medicare reimburses leg prosthetics, issuing new conditions for patients to meet to receive a prosthetic lower limb. Many amputees spoke in opposition to the controversial proposal during a public meeting near Baltimore and more than 100 protested in front of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington Wednesday.

All amputees, not only those on Medicare, are concerned about the proposal.

“I feel like they are violating my rights,” said Peter Tainer, a 21-year-old at the protest.