The bipartisan bill will help needy kidney patients.

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I have struggled with kidney disease all of my life. I was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease at the age of 7 and finally went on dialysis in 2010 at the age of 26 when my kidneys failed.

Although I have been able to benefit from full private and public insurance coverage due to the fact that I am legally blind, the sad reality is that many dialysis patients who are not disabled do not have access to the comprehensive coverage they require. treatments.

For this reason, it is important that Congress passes the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. This bipartisan bill would extend Medigap coverage to dialysis patients under the age of 65 and ensure that people get the medical care they need.

Prior to receiving my kidney transplant in 2018, I met countless other people during my 10 years of dialysis who did not have the coverage I had. I have seen patients forced to pay exorbitant amounts for life-saving treatments, and others who completely miss their dialysis appointments due to prohibitive travel costs.

No one living with kidney disease should have to face these challenges, and that’s why I’m counting on our lawmakers, like Rep. Rick Allen, Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, to pass this important legislation.

Kristi Flynn, Grovetown

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