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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

As the kidney patients and advocates explained to their lawmakers, Medigap coverage protects 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 South Carolina's Medicaid program, resulting in Medicaid savings of up to $4.6 million over the next five years, protecting taxpayers from higher program costs.

"For kidney failure patients across South Carolina and nationwide, quality of life depends upon the availability of quality kidney care – and this legislation has the potential to help hundreds of patients gain access to the care they need," said Chad Lennox, Executive Director of Dialysis Patient Citizens. "We hope that by raising visibility on the impact of kidney disease in South Carolina and patients' need for this coverage, state lawmakers will support this policy that not only improves patient access to care, but also saves valuable taxpayer dollars."

"I have medical appointments right now that I need to schedule, but I can't do this until I am able to pay the bills from my last visits.  Unfortunately, I am not able to make these payments on my own," said Angela Lattimore, a 36-year-old ESRD
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