That’s a lot of wear and tear on our feet and ankles, the unique body parts that keep America moving, active, and productive at our jobs. Doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) are physicians and surgeons at the forefront of delivering specialized foot and ankle care. However, not everyone is able to receive that care. The passage of HR 1542, the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, will change that.
Each and every day, podiatrists keep America walking by preventing higher cost critical outcomes like hospitalizations and amputations. In fact, the inclusion of care provided by podiatrists for those with diabetes alone will save our health-care system as much as $3.5 billion per year. A more recent study shows a tremendous impact from removing podiatric services from Medicaid in the state of Arizona. It is simply common sense to allow all patients access to the group of doctors who already perform the majority of foot and ankle care in the US.
Many members of Congress are already supporting the HELLPP Act. Additionally, the HELLPP Act has been endorsed by a diverse group of health-care stakeholder and patient-representative groups. If you are an APMA member, use our eAdvocacy site to contact your elected officials today.
The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act (HR 1542), was introduced in the 115th Congress by US Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) in the House and is soon to be introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in the Senate. The HELLPP Act includes multiple comprehensive reforms and goes further to ensure podiatric physicians will continue to save lives, limbs, and health-care dollars.
The HELLPP Act would accomplish three important goals:
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