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Some Boston Marathon Bomb Victims Will Face Insurance Coverage Limits

Payments for prosthetics, rehabilitation and a range of other treatments may fall outside some insurance limits and could continue long into the future. 

The New York Times: For Wounded, Daunting Cost; For Aid Fund, Tough Decisions
Many of the wounded could face staggering bills not just for the trauma care they received in the days after the bombings, but for prosthetic limbs, lengthy rehabilitation and the equipment they will need to negotiate daily life with crippling injuries. Even those with health insurance may find that their plan places limits on specific services, like physical therapy or psychological counseling (Goodnough, 4/22).

Politico: Coverage Limits Are Harsh Reality For Amputees
Those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings now need care to learn to navigate the world in a new way — and navigate a thorny area of health care coverage, too. In the case of the Boston bombings, pledges and offers of support have poured in to help with the health care costs of the 14 people who reportedly lost all or part of a limb. But for some amputees, covering the staggering cost for prosthetics care can be a struggle (Smith, 4/23).

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