Support Senator Richard Durbin’s bill…please!

(Note: This applies to U.S. citizens only. I don’t know what the laws are in other countries about transplants.)

As I mentioned in I’m an anomaly, one of the stupidest things that kidney transplant recipients have to deal with is the 36-month limit on Medicare’s transplant drug coverage. (Basically, after the government pays for the transplant and the first three years of transplant drugs, recipients must then cover the cost of the drugs themselves…about $4000 a month…until they can go on Medicare. Without the transplant drugs, the chance of rejection increases. If the organ is rejected, a new donor organ must be found…and the process starts all over again.)

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)┬áis sponsoring S.1454, “Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2011“. His co-sponsors are Scott Brown (R-MA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Charles Schumer (D-NY). This bill would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for extended coverage of these drugs for kidney transplant recipients.

The bill has currently been referred to the Committee on Finance. See the status at GovTrack.

Please contact your United States congressmen and ask them to support this bill.

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  1. PLEASE YOU MUST SUPPORT THIS BILL JUST TRANSPLANTED 6 MONTHS AGO MY ENTIERE FAMILY SUFFERED WITH KIDNEY DISEASE DYLAYSIS AND TRANSPLANTS GET THIS BILL PASSED NOW OR ALL OUR MIRACLES OF TRANSPLANTS WILL DIE WITH US FOR LACK OF MONEY FOR OUR DRUGS TO LIVE. THIS IS A MUST ….

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