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Bridging Medical Cost Gap For Kidney Patients

February 18th, 2009 by flanews

Many Floridians with kidney diseases have to drain their bank accounts before they qualify for federal help with medical bills.

Lawmakers want to lift restrictions that keep many Floridians under 65 from qualifying for Medigap insurance. Medicap is an insurance plan that helps customers pay for health care cost. State Representative Ritch Workman said some families have to unload thousands of dollars saved for retirement in order to afford the help they need.

No one chooses for their kidneys to fail. When that happens, and youre not 65, youre only choice is to clear your assets until you get on Medicaid, said Workman.

Lawmakers say providing Medigap coverage for kidney patients will save the state in the long run, by keeping people off the Medicaid rolls.

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