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by lifescribe on Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:00 AM
Medicare can do better for those with advanced stage disease. Please write your local elected officials to get behind a bill to repeal Medicare's two year wait period for those with disabilities and cancer. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassio ... 0Ennis.pdfI would like to see legislation to repeal the two-year wait for Medicare eligibility faced by advanced-stage cancer patients. Social Security's Compassionate Allowances, listing some 50 diseases/conditions that qualify designed to help expedite the backlog in SSA disability applications, is a start, but does not go far enough for those with advanced diseases/medical conditions. Those qualifying for disability (based on the Compassionate Allowances list), should also be immediately eligible for Medicare without waiting two-years. For years, there has been no Medicare eligibility wait time requirement for those with Lou Gehrigs and kidney disease, but these are the only two diseases exempted from an delayed eligibility wait. Advanced-stage disease patients should be treated equally and fairly with Medicare’s eligibility requirement, as they often cannot wait two years to have flexible, out of group treatment options medically necessary in their cancer fight. I hope you will research and consider this legislation. Thank you.
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