Miami congressmen push bill benefiting Maryland donor

A Maryland prosthetics company pushing a new federal bill that would broaden insurance coverage for its products -- and boost its bottom line -- has enlisted significant political support from two of South Florida's most prominent members of Congress.

Congressmen Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart are among the bill's key backers. At the same time, the company is backing their reelection bids.

Hanger Orthopedic Group's political action committee and its executives provided more than $10,000 in campaign contributions to the brothers in the weeks before they co-sponsored the prosthetics parity bill on March 13.

The company's lobbyists, paid $130,000 to push the issue since last summer, went further: They helped raise campaign money for several bill sponsors, including the Republican Diaz-Balarts in March and April as they face Democratic challengers.

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