A new Academy position statement outlines four basic principles to support the belief "that health coverage for all children is mandatory investment in our nation's future."
Approved by the Board of Directors, Sept. 20, 1997, the Position Statement on Health Care Coverage for Children at Risk says:
Too often insurance plans do not recognize children with special needs and they are denied coverage for appropriate outpatient services and assistive devices. Children with special musculoskeletal needs include those with spina bifida, club foot, dislocated hip, scoliosis, congenital deformities, spinal cord injury, infections of bones and joints, osteogenesis imperfecta, muscular dystrophy, limb deficiency, limb deformity, juvenile arthritis and musculoskeletal trauma.
The entire text of the position statement is available on the Academy's home page www.aaos.org in the Library section. The position statement also can be obtained by calling fax-on-demand at (800) 999-2939 and requesting document number 1141.