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Georgia Kidney Community Recognizes World Kidney Day; Echoes Need for Legislation to Improve Access to Dialysis and Transplant Care
Date:3/11/2010

Patients Applaud Senate-Passed Medigap Legislation for Enhanced Patient Access to Insurance Coverage for Kidney Care; Look Forward to Working with House on Similar Effort

ATLANTA, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of World Kidney Day today, members of the state's kidney community including patients, caregivers, family members and advocates from across Georgia are calling on their legislators to support policies that will enhance patients' access to health insurance for essential medical care.  Designated as a day to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) around the world, members of the kidney community in Georgia are also encouraging state lawmakers to support policies that improve access to life-saving dialysis care and essential anti-rejection drugs needed following a kidney transplant.

Just last month, the state Senate unanimously passed "Medigap" legislation (S.B. 316), sponsored by Senators Don Thomas (R-Dalton) and Ed Harbison (D-Columbus), to help approximately 2,000 Georgians suffering from kidney failure who are having difficulty accessing needed health insurance coverage. Kidney community members are also looking forward to working with the state House of Representatives to address this important patient access issue following the
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