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Kidney Patients From Across South Carolina Visit State Capitol to Encourage Policies that Improve Patient Access to Life-Saving Dialysis and Transplant Care
Date:3/3/2010

-location">Seneca) and Kristopher Crawford (R-Florence)).  If enacted, the legislation will help approximately 500 South Carolinians suffering from kidney failure and patients deemed disabled who are having difficulty accessing health insurance coverage for necessary medical care.

"I am proud to support Medigap legislation designed to help South Carolina's most vulnerable kidney failure patients avoid the financial and emotional strain that can accompany an inability to access complete medical care," said Senator Peeler.  "I hope my colleagues will join me in choosing to expand Medigap access to help these patients get the care they need while also lightening the Medicaid cost burden on South Carolina's taxpayers."

NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, who is also a kidney transplant recipient and kidney care advocate, is planning to visit South Carolina legislators this month on behalf of kidney patients to advocate for the Medigap bill, as he also did for similar legislation passed in the state legislature and signed into law in Florida in 2009.  Thanks to this legislation, approximately 500 Florida kidney failure patients can now purchase Medigap insurance, helping those who previously could not afford their co-pays and deductibles for their medications and dialysis care.  Across the nation, 29 states ha
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