Bill would require insurers to cover prosthetics

Bill would require insurers to cover prosthetics

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A legislative committee has passed a bill that would require medical insurers to provide coverage for medically necessary prosthetic devices at the same amount paid by government insurance for procedures like knee and hip replacements.

House Bill 89, though, is seen by some lawmakers and some in the insurance industry as a health care mandate.

Bill sponsor and House Minority Leader David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, hopes to provide the state's 12,500 amputees more equitable coverage.

Tami Stanley, a Utah amputee, says the cost for a prosthetic leg for her is $12,000. She says she was devastated four years ago to find that her insurance would cover removal of her leg just below the knee, but not replacement of it.

Information from: Deseret News

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