Insurance battles keep advanced prostheses from some amputees

10/1/2013 | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Triple amputee Kent Carson of Illinois would like to replace his cable-and-hook arm with an i-limb advanced prosthetic hand. The neural-controlled prosthesis, made by Touch Bionics, is expensive, and Carson's insurance company has resisted paying for it, even though a number of insurance companies in other states have reimbursed patients for the i-limb. Levi Hargrove with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine said his organization will work to enumerate the benefits of advanced prostheses to help amputees get insurance coverage for them.

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