• The U.S. House and Senate return to Washington this month to debate and pass a large number of appropriations bills that will fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins on October 1st.  In all likelihood, now that a budget agreement was reached in July, the bills will begin to move through Congress and be signed by the President, but it is likely a short-term continuing resolution will be necessary to allow them to finish this massive job. … read more

  • The 2019 NAAOP Fellows, Alicia Carver and Susannah Engdahl, finished their fellowship last week and report learning a great deal about O&P policy and advocacy throughout the course of the summer.  NAAOP extends sincere thanks to the Alliance organizations for hosting the fellows, as well as numerous contributors and hosts across the country who exposed them to all aspects of orthotics and prosthetics. Alicia Carver:  Alicia’s principal project this summer involved direct federal advocacy on the soon-to-be-introduced Medicare O&P Patient-Centered … read more

  • OPGA, NCOPE, ABC, and AOPA By Alicia Carver and Susannah Engdahl The NAAOP Fellows were on the road again during the week of June 24th. We started with a visit to Iowa, where we met with Todd Eagen, President of OPGA, and Kelly Turner, Member Development Coordinator of OPGA. They taught us how OPGA works to support independent O&P practitioners by providing services relating to insurance, business management and marketing, and by offering access to discounted supplies from manufacturers. We … read more