Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced HR 2235, the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, on April 20, 2019. After the passage of the VA Provider Equity Act in the 115th Congress resolved podiatrist-access issues in the Veterans Health Administration, APMA is hopeful Congress will take long overdue action to address these issues for Medicaid patients.
If enacted as written, the HELLPP Act will accomplish three important goals:
Recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid
Clarify coordination of care in the Medicare diabetic shoe program
Strengthen Medicaid program integrity
Last fall the profession learned the power of coordinated grassroots efforts when it successfully defeated podiatry-specific E/M codes. Now it is time to remind your legislators that podiatry will not be ignored. Visit APMA's eAdvocacy site today and implore Congress to act quickly and decisively to resolve these glaring inconsistencies in our public health-care systems and ensure unrestrained access to quality foot and ankle care for all patients.
The Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association is dedicated to serving its membership through education, public awareness and government representation. The Association promotes the delivery of quality foot care and provides representation to healthcare agencies and national podiatric organizations.