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Momentum Builds in Florida Legislature to Rename Proposed Legislation After Miami Heat Fan Favorite and NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning
Date:4/23/2009

'Alonzo Mourning Access to Care Act' Would Provide Medigap Secondary Insurance to Florida's Most Vulnerable Kidney Patients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Miami Heat stand-out and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning, who is also a kidney transplant recipient and leading patient advocate for those suffering from kidney disease and kidney failure, is expected to receive an unusual honor today when the Florida Legislature considers renaming a bill after him that is currently up for vote.

Mourning recently made rounds in Tallahassee on behalf of the kidney community to advocate for a bill that could help kidney failure patients who are struggling to access health insurance for the care they need. His efforts caught the attention of Members of the Florida Legislature and Florida's kidney community who have proposed renaming the bill, "The Alonzo Mourning Access to Care Act."

Countless legislators have stepped forward to lend their support to the bill and get behind the movement to rename it in Mourning's honor. Senate Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla commended Mourning for taking up this issue, saying: "Florida kidney patients are fortunate to have the support of Mr. Mourning in their fight for improved access to care."

"We are no longer going to allow these vulnerable patients to be excluded," said Rep. Ritch Workman, the Republican lead sponsor of the legislation. He called Mourning an "all-star on and off the court. Alonzo Mourning has taken his success and is using it to ensure that others have the same advantages he had." And Rep. Mary Brandenburg, the Democratic co-sponsor of the bill, concurred, "His work the past few years to support education, awareness, and access improvements at the national level and now in Florida are so important to patients, their families and taxpayers."

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SOURCE National Kidney Foundation of Florida
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