Boston Victims Get Free Prosthetics
Industry group offers to help those whose insurance won't pay enough
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 4:08 AM CDT
A microprocessor controlled ankle/foot prosthetic, a shock foot vertical loading pylon prosthetic and a flexible keel foot prosthetic are displayed at the Orthotic Prosthetic Center in Fairfax, Va.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – People who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing don't need to worry about paying for prosthetics if they aren't covered by insurance, an industry group has pledged. The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has promised to supply prosthetics and initial services for the estimated 20 to 25 victims who underwent amputations after the blasts, including a 10-year-old boy and two victims who lost both legs, Reuters reports.

"We want to ensure that, in the midst of this horrific tragedy, these individuals are not further traumatized by the harsh and unreasonable limits that are present in all too many health insurance policies," says a spokesman for the AOPA, which notes that while a prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $60,000, many insurance policies cap payouts at $2,500 or $5,000, USA Today reports. The lifetime cost of a prosthetic is estimated at $500,000, including replacements every five to seven years, and while the AOPA isn't covering all those costs, a fund to help victims has received $27 million in donations so far.

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May 1, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
It's great that an industry group (Private Industry) has pledged to provide prosthetics for these victims. It shows how private industry is compassionate and will help individuals. But this is yet another indictment of the 0bama regime that will not help people who really need help. The failure of 0bama's DHS allowed this tragedy to happen. These terrorists could have been stopped before any of this happened if 0bama had just paid attention to Russia's warnings that the Tsarnaev brothers were in our midst. This complete failure of the 0bama regime should never be repeated.
May 1, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
If we're all in this together, as is suggested after any terrorist tragedy, then why aren't federal funds in Homeland Security assigned for paying all medical expenses for all physically injured in any terrorist act? It's HS's duty to keep us safe; thus, when we're not the feds should pay for all treatment.
May 1, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
While this is great, I can't help thinking about all the people who lose limbs in a non-sensational tragedy and the fact that they rarely get any attention or help.