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Florida Legislature Unanimously Supports 'The Alonzo Mourning Access to Care Act' to Help State's Kidney Failure Patients and the Disabled
Date:4/29/2009

disabled in Florida under age 65 have no secondary insurance coverage, and cannot afford their deductibles and co-pays. As a result, they often experience delays and roadblocks for critical medical services because of the required upfront payments, and are forced to turn to the state's Medicaid program for support - impoverishing themselves and often their families to qualify.

Under federal law, all Medicare beneficiaries over age 65 are already able to purchase this insurance as secondary coverage, and Mourning is advocating for this same option to be extended to kidney patients and the disabled under age 65. With the Senate passage of this bill, it is poised for signing into law by Governor Charlie Crist.

Stephanie Hutchinson, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, who accompanied Mourning in advocating for the bill last month and has been an ardent supporter of the legislation, said, "Alonzo Mourning has given a voice to a population that was falling through the system's cracks. Thousands of Florida residents will live longer, more productive lives thanks to this legislation and Alonzo Mourning."

Mourning has been a leading national advocate for kidney disease patients and has personally led a campaign to raise $2 million to aid in the research, education and financial relief to patients who cannot afford medication with his foundation "Zo's Fund for Life."

Mourning topped the Miami Heat's all-time lists in points scored (9,459), minutes played (17,700), free throws attempted (3,896), offensive rebounds (1,505), defensive rebounds (3,302), total rebounds (4,807), blocked shots (1,625) and double-figure scoring efforts (442). He achieved an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006, was twice named NBA Defensive Player of the Year and won a gold medal on the U.S. Men's Senior National Team at the 2000 Olympics. After receiving his kidney transplant in December 2003, Mourning returne
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