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New NAAOP Board Members and Congressional Midterm Update

NAAOP elected four new board members at its in-person board meeting in San Antonio, Texas in late September: Ben Auzenne, Jeff Cain, MD, Adam Miller, and Steven D. Miller, CPO/L.

Ben Auzenne: Ben is the North American vice president, Blatchford US, Miamisburg, Ohio. He has an master’s degree in organizational diagnosis and change management from the Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship and a bachelor of science degree in biology from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Cain: Dr. Jeffrey Cain is a family physician and clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a past chair of the board of directors of the Amputee Coalition. After leading the effort to pass the nation’s first parity law in 2001 in Colorado, he was the founding chair of the Amputees Coalition’s Advocacy Committee whose efforts have resulted in the passage of prosthetic access laws in 21 states and the introduction of bipartisan federal prosthetic insurance legislation.

Adam Miller: Adam Miller is president of the Orthotics Prosthetics Group of American within VGM & Associates, Waterloo, Iowa. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa. Adam graciously steps in after the untimely passing of Todd Eagan, a leader in NAAOP for many years.

Steven Miller: Steven Miller is the regional vice president southeast for Hanger, Austin, Texas. He has been with Hanger for 25 years serving in numerous leadership roles. He is a graduate of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and is nationally recognized as an expert in rotationplasty and has two patents for prosthetic products. He is a Georgia Society Orthotics and Prosthetics board member, a Georgia Composite Medical board member, and a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Mid-Term Elections on the Horizon: The changing dynamics surrounding the mid-term elections are expected to impact the ability to advance health care legislation in a significant manner. Conventional wisdom is that the party of the President usually loses seats in the House and Senate during mid-term elections and, with the balance of power being split so evening, even a minor net gain for Republicans will shift leadership away from one-party rule. The Senate is currently split 50-50 so one net gain for Republicans will have an enormous impact on the second half of President Biden’s current term in office. The House is not much different, where Republicans only need a net gain of 5 seats to gain the majority.

However the election turns out, the “lame-duck” session of Congress is expected to be very active. Congress will need to pass a massive omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government by December 16th or, in the alternative, pass another continuing resolution to keep the lights on at federal agencies. This legislation provides a must-pass piece of legislation before the 117th Congress adjourns for good. And this means the O&P community has one last shot to get Congress to pass parts or all of H.R. 1990, the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act.

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