We have a chance to support our patient’s with ostomies by asking our Representatives and Senators to support H.Res 152 and S. Res 95. Both pieces of legislation change the way that Medicare pays for ostomy supplies, and “urges that ostomy products be recognized, categorized, covered, and adequately reimbursed by Medicare in a new payment category of `prosthetic supplies’ consistent with Medicare’s current recognition of ostomy products as prosthetics in order to allow appropriate patient access; and urges the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that programs, policies, and payment practices of the Department of Health and Human Services facilitate, and do not discourage, innovation of and access to medical devices that restore or improve intestinal or urinary system function of individuals in the United States with an ostomy”
Click on this link capwiz.com/uoaa/issues/?style=D to the UOAA website to send a letter to your legislator. It is suggested that in the free-text portion of the letter, you clarify that you are not an ostomate, but a nurse who specializes in the care of patient’s with ostomies. Thank you!