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Just had to say thank you to each of you for representing us so well. You made a difference...After a pretty tough leg day today, I think I appreciate what you did even more. Stagger Lee-great pics...

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My niece lives in DC and works at the Kennedy Center. When I get up to visit her, I will let you know, Sasquatch....I mean, Stagger.... BTW, she's a gorgeous, single, wonderful young woman :smile:

"StaggerLee"

I think marcia is trying to set you up, you never know it might work out. BUT I've been kinda holding out hope for you and "AmySkyDiver" She is anouther :wub: cutie. :wink:

Let's start another story.....it can be the truth or a fairytail. Did we use four words?....can't remember. "StaggerLee" & FiveCooper met in Washing, DC

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"StaggerLee"

I think marcia is trying to set you up, you never know it might work out. BUT I've been kinda holding out hope for you and "AmySkyDiver" She is anouther :wub: cutie. :wink:

Ann, You are so sweet! :biggrin: I'm half-way across the country while Marcia's niece is 'handy'. Geographically speaking, he should check out her first. Plus, I'm a bit of a 'free spirit'. :cool:

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"OK folks...nothing to see here. Move along..." :rolleyes:

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"OK folks...nothing to see here. Move along..." :rolleyes:

Wha'???? :ohmy: Now you want a say in it? :wink:

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Wha'???? :ohmy: Now you want a say in it? :wink:

And no comments from the peanut gallery. :glare:

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Sure........ out comes the "Officer" voice again..............

By the way..... all those "jaywalking" things..... it's cause Stagger Lee made me do it.... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Right Fivestring......That was a nice lunch guys, glad we done it....

For future reference, people....... Stagger Lee and Fivestring, are very polite gentlemen... Hard to find nowadays...

Ummmm..... What plays in DC, stays in DC.. right....

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Here are few pics of our trip to DC. If we all look spent it's because we were. The walking that day just about did us in. I still am not comfortably back in my socket. I talked with Ryan after I got home Friday night. He wasn't even able to get into his socket at all that morning. Thankfully that didn't happen earlier as neither of us had taken crutches along. THAT could have been disasterous.

The first shows the gang in front of the White House. That is Ryan Seacrest oh I mean Leishman, Stagger Lee, Neal, Tammie, Barb and Jerry.

The next shows Colin from New York, Susan from NJ, Neal and Jean from NJ.

The next shows Jerry and Tammie in front of Old Abe.

Next is Jerry, Barb and Tammie.

The last is Neal and Ryan.

This was on our great personal tour by Stagger Lee. We ended the night in Georgetown for a dinner of delicious Bar-B-Que at one of Stagger's favorite places. It was a good trip. Whether we made any headway for the purpose we went is yet to be seen.

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That is a great tour for us, {the ones who couldn't go} :smile:

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Excellent, gang! Thanks for the pics, Neal!

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Neal took some excellent shots.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Elan Young, Communications Department

888/267-5669, ext. 8122

http://www.amputee-coalition.org

press@amputee-coalition.org

Nearly 200 Amputees and Patient Advocates Go to Washington

Citizen Lobbyists Tell Congress That Arms and Legs Are Not a Luxury

Washington, DC, March 12, 2009 - On Tuesday, March 10, the Amputee Coalition of America had nearly 200 amputees and patient advocates from 34 states in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress members to support fair insurance coverage for artificial arms and legs. Their message was simple: Arms and legs are not a luxury!

These citizen lobbyists made this trip to tell lawmakers that they need their own “bailout.” Many of them have nightmarish stories of fighting with insurance companies to try to get the prosthetic devices they need to work and live.

“Insurance companies are unrealistically limiting reimbursement of prosthetic arms and legs or summarily electing not to cover them at all,” said Kendra Calhoun, Amputee Coalition president and CEO. “We intend to turn this tide, and this event is a great example of the grassroots support we have from across the country to do so. Arms and legs are not luxury items. Mobility is a serious issue for amputees who want to keep their jobs, take care of their families, and live healthy, active lives.”

Jeffrey Cain, MD, is a bilateral lower-limb amputee and a member of the Amputee Coalition’s Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Cain is an excellent example of how prosthetic devices can help amputees function in their daily lives and contribute to society rather than become dependent on it.

“Being able to have prosthetic devices means that I can take care of my patients and teach medical students,” said Dr. Cain.

Unfortunately, working people with employer-provided health insurance plans are often the ones with the biggest problems, Dr. Cain noted. “Because employer-provided insurance plans are increasingly introducing unreasonable limits and caps, if you have a job in America – if you are a hardworking member of society – you can’t afford a leg to stand on. It’s gotten that bad.”

In fact, some insurance companies are providing coverage for only one prosthesis per lifetime or eliminating coverage completely.

“Even for older adults, it is absurd to expect them to use only one prosthesis in their lifetime,” Calhoun said. “No one would expect a person to wear a single pair of shoes their entire life, and prosthetic devices should be no different.”

These types of insurance company practices pose especially grave challenges for families of

children with limb loss.

Rick Castro, of Connecticut, took two of his children to the event because he wanted to try to get better prosthetic coverage for all families, including his own. Castro’s 4-year-old daughter Jennifer was born missing part of her arm below the elbow, and Castro is well aware that, as she grows, she’ll need several highly expensive prosthetic devices.

“When people find out that their insurance company doesn’t provide fair coverage for prosthetic devices, what do they do?” asked Dr. Cain. “They mortgage their homes, raid their children’s college fund, go into debt, turn to government programs for assistance, or are forced to have bake sales to try to pay for these medically necessary and often very expensive devices. That’s pretty sad, especially when they’ve paid their insurance premiums for years for this very purpose.”

David Ross, of New York City, lost part of his right hand and his right leg above the knee after he was mugged and thrown in front of a subway in 1997. He’s seen what happens when amputees have to settle for devices that are not really what they need because of the limitations in their insurance policies, and that’s what brought him to Capitol Hill.

“It’s so unfair that prosthetics are not covered by health insurance plans to the same degree that other conditions are,” Ross said. “It’s a shame that a lot of my fellow amputees who have already had to get over a traumatic accident or being born without a limb have to fight for something that should already be included in their insurance policy.”

Robert D. Doty, Jr., MD, who lost his left arm as a result of a car falling on him, has had problems with his insurance company not understanding – or not acknowledging – his prosthetic needs.

“My carrier did not want to cover a body-powered prosthesis after covering a myoelectric prosthesis,” Doty said. “The company said that one prosthesis is as good as another and that they can do the same thing, which is not true. I can’t do anything around water, liquids, chemicals or heavy machinery or do any heaving lifting with my myoelectric prosthesis without damaging it. It’s great for doing fine, precise work, but if I’m going to be doing heavy lifting or working around water or liquids, a body-powered prosthesis is better. I really need both.”

As these nearly 200 citizen lobbyists hustled from office to office, they made it clear that they want change. In a single day, they made more than 60 Senate visits and more than 100 House visits. In addition, 26 organizations, including disability rights groups and O&P [orthotic and prosthetic] professional organizations, have now signed on with the Amputee Coalition of America to help move this legislation forward.

“We are thrilled with the results of the day,” said Morgan Sheets, the Amputee Coalition’s national advocacy director. “We are already hearing from House and Senate members who are interested in co-sponsoring our bills and supporting our efforts for fair coverage of artificial arms and legs. The turnout exceeded our expectations, and the great enthusiasm of the participants has certainly encouraged us to continue this important fight for fairness.”

About the Amputee Coalition of America

The Amputee Coalition, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, with an advocacy staff in Washington, D.C., is a national nonprofit organization that empowers people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences through education, support and advocacy. For more information about limb loss, please visit the Amputee Coalition Web site at www.amputee-coalition.org or call 888/267-5669.

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Good Afternoon everyone,

Well I just sent my Thank you letters to my Senators here in West Virginia. I basically copied the lobby form letter and changed the appropriate designations. I sure hope that this does help. I sure am glad I went to the lobby day for the insurance parity act. Hopefully this we put a fire under them to have better insurance coverage.

Jerry

P.S. if anyone else needs the letters, Please let me know

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Hello all, I'm new to the forum, but old to some of the group. Thanks for the invite to the board Neil and Tammi. Also Neil we need to talk about the Secrest joke!!!! lol Funny guy..... Thanks for the tour, Stagger it was great. Ya'll take care and I look forward to chatting. Ryan not Secrest

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Welcome to the forum Ryan. Thanks for joining. I think you will be an asset to the forum.

The Secrest joke is the fault of Kerry, KEP as we know him. You and I can beat up on Kerry when we get to Atlanta. LOL

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Welcome to the forum Ryan. Thanks for joining. I think you will be an asset to the forum.

The Secrest joke is the fault of Kerry, KEP as we know him. You and I can beat up on Kerry when we get to Atlanta. LOL

Yea... bring it on big boys !!!!!!!

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Good to see ya on here, Ryan.

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