• Theresa Sarea, of New York City, center, is helped to stand up on her prosthesis as she speaks to the Amputee Coalition during a protest against a change in Medicare payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Theresa Sarea, of New York City, center, is helped to stand up on her prosthesis as she speaks to the Amputee Coalition during a protest against a change in Medicare payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, ... Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (The Associated Press)

  • Billy Kidwell, of Bivalve, Md., right, who is a triple amputee, attends a protest with the Amputee Coalition against a Medicare change in payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Billy Kidwell, of Bivalve, Md., right, who is a triple amputee, attends a protest with the Amputee Coalition against a Medicare change in payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (... AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (The Associated Press)

  • People with artificial limbs attend a rally with the Amputee Coalition against a Medicare change in payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Mounting cost in the last 10 years, even as the number of amputees went down, has prompted scrutiny from government investigators. Now, Medicare’s billing contractors are proposing closer supervision and tighter rules. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    People with artificial limbs attend a rally with the Amputee Coalition against a Medicare change in payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Mounting cost in the last 10 years, even ... as the number of amputees went down, has prompted scrutiny from government investigators. Now, Medicare’s billing contractors are proposing closer supervision and tighter rules. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (The Associated Press)

Industry campaign against Medicare payment overhaul gets backing of famous amputees

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A Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg serving in Vietnam have joined an industry campaign to block new Medicare requirements for artificial legs and feet.

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Mounting cost in the last 10 years — even as the number of amputees went down — has prompted scrutiny from government investigators. Now, Medicare's billing contractors are proposing closer supervision and tighter rules.

At a protest Wednesday at Health and Human Services headquarters, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis said the Medicare rules could influence treatment for younger patients like her.

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska has fired off a critical letter to HHS leadership.

The Obama administration is saying little, although officials promise continued access to appropriate care.