Featured Medicaid service of the day: prosthetic and orthotic devices
This is part of a series examining the Medicaid benefits that the radical right wants to cut.
Every state except Mississippi covers prosthetic and orthotic devices as an "optional" Medicaid benefit.
This luxurious perk provides prosthetic shoes for patients with partial foot amputations, lower limb prosthetics (but only if there is evidence that the leg without a prosthesis is in good shape and the patient shows enough desire to walk), and a helmet for those who need cranial protection due to a "documented medical condition that makes the recipient susceptible to injury during activities of daily living."
Under Medicaid there are a host of restrictions on these devices. Equipment under this benefit is not available to patients receiving hospice care, for residents of a nursing home, or for simple comfort and convenience.
North Carolina would indeed be a pathetic state if it eliminated this Medicaid provision that helps the most vulnerable of our society regain a modicum of normality after losing a limb, a foot, or an eye.