Those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing may face a new challenge: the cost of devices and care. Prosthetic limbs can cost more than $50,000, according to the Amputee Coalition of America, and may be subject to an annual private insurance cap of $2,500 to $5,000. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care act will improve coverage of devices, but not all states have included prosthetics in their essential health benefit packages, said Boston Medical Center rehabilitation medicine physician Simona Manasian. Twenty states have passed legislation to address prosthetic insurance coverage; 17 require that it be offered and 11 states say it must be on par with other covered benefits, with no cap.
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