Legislation Supporting Pediatric Physicians Introduced in Congress
November 27, 2011
Around Town By Neal Tepel
House Representatives Lee Terry of Nebraska and Diana DeGette of Colorado has introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase access to podiatric care and save billions of dollars in the process. The Equity and Access for Podiatric Physicians Under Medicaid Act (HR 3364) would identify podiatrists as physicians under Title XIX (the Medicaid Provision) of the Social Security Act, making it easier for low-income individuals to get the foot care they need.
"Coverage of podiatry under Medicaid would provide easier access to care for patients while saving the government money," said Michael Goodwin, International President of OPEIU. “The most cost-effective healthcare system is one that helps people stay healthy in the first place and HR 3364 would go a long way to improving access to necessary care for millions of Americans,” Goodwin added.