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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

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"I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for recognizing the value of expanded access to Medigap coverage and for supporting improved access to life-saving kidney care," said Senator Don Thomas.  "In honor of World Kidney Day today, I also encourage all Georgians to take time to learn more about the importance of kidney health."

While Medicare covers most medical costs for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, it still requires patients to pay deductibles and co-pays.  Under current federal law, only Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 are able to purchase Medigap insurance as secondary coverage.  Patients under the age of 65 do not have this same option.  Most patients have some type of secondary insurance to help with these costs; however, approximately 2,000 Georgians under age 65 with kidney failure do not have access to this coverage intended to help them and patients deemed disabled access essential medical treatments, including kidney transplant.

In addition, Medigap coverage protects many patients from having to "spend down" their income to become eligible for state Medicaid insurance.  If Medigap legislation is enacted, fewer people will be forced to enter Georgia's Medicaid program, resulting in Medicaid sa
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