Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Georgia bill would expand Medicare for disabled

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By Ashley Speagle

A bill pushed by Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, that would expand Medicare coverage for those under 65 who have a disability or kidney failure has passed the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee.

"As a physician and someone who's personally seen, close-up, kidney failure patients, these people do not have the opportunity to purchase Medicare covering deductibles," Sen. Thomas said Tuesday.

People who have disabilities or kidney failure are eligible for Medicare regardless of their age, but those under 65 cannot get private secondary coverage under current law, said Sen. Thomas, whose bill will now go to the Senate floor.

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