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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

vings of up to $20 million over the next five years.

"As a dialysis patient who has had to spend down my income to become eligible for the Medicaid program to help pay for my mounting medical bills, I am proud to lend my voice to this effort and I strongly urge all lawmakers to support expanded access to Medigap," David Smith, a dialysis patient from Cumming.  "On today of all days, we must acknowledge that all kidney patients should be able to get the care they need without cost or financial status being a factor."

"As the rates of kidney disease and kidney failure continue to increase in Georgia and nationally, it is critically important for patients to have access to the life-saving and life-enhancing care they require," said Marlin R. Gottschalk, vice-president and legislative coordinator for the Georgia Association of Kidney Patients. "In addition to supporting increased education and awareness, we must also emphasize the value of patient-centered policies to improve access to care, such as increased Medigap access to ESRD and disabled patients of all ages."

Georgia currently ranks ninth in prevalence of ESRD among all fifty states.  Today
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