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« on: April 06, 2009, 02:09:59 PM »

Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Legislation Introduced

Bipartisan legislation was introduced last month in both houses of Congress to improve the quality of life for people with kidney disease. Led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and U.S. Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ron Kind (D-WI), the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Transplant Patients Act (S. 565 and HR 1458) would assist thousands of Americans under the age of 65 who are being cut off from Medicare payments for drug therapy after 36 months by extending coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 09:58:42 PM »

I have a feeling this won't be retroactive though as part of a consession of approval. Hopefully it makes it through though so that a transplant will not be wasted due to one not being able to get the meds due to some reason.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 10:07:07 PM »

I think the drug companies need to have limits on what they charge.  This is extorsion of the ill.

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