2015 was a banner year for NAAOP and, as a member of our association, you can expect more of the same in 2016. The year was defined by four major issues affecting the O&P profession:
- NAAOP wrote to and met with the Secretary of the VA to advance protections for veterans in need of O&P care and continued to work toward adoption of the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights;
- NAAOP contributed to a major victory in February 2015 when CMS issued federal regulations clarifying that ACA health plans must cover rehabilitation “devices” as well as services, prompting New York State to expand its coverage of replacements and repairs of prostheses for the 2015-2016 benefit years, contrary to its one-limb-per-lifetime policy;
- NAAOP played a leading role in working independently and through the O&P Alliance to oppose the Medicare Draft LCD for Lower Limb Prostheses, spearheading the White House “We the People” petition to rescind the Draft LCD and creating the www.SaveProsthetics.org webpage to galvanize opposition to the proposal; and,
- NAAOP worked with rehabilitation organizations to promote O&P research and development, commenting on draft research priorities to be pursued by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
Your membership will enable NAAOP to continue to be on the front lines of these important issues and we cannot thank you enough for your support. We truly appreciate your financial contribution to NAAOP and your direct involvement in our collective O&P advocacy efforts.
Thank you again for your continued membership in NAAOP.