I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in 2016 when my kidneys began to fail. While I was undergoing dialysis, I received full coverage for my treatments and medications through disability insurance, but many other patients aren’t fortunate to have coverage and are left to pay massive medical bills.

Thankfully, help is on the way. The Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act, a bipartisan bill in Congress, would help dialysis patients who worry about their cost of care. This bill would expand Medigap coverage for dialysis patients under 65 so that every patient can get the treatments and medications they need without having the added stress of medical costs. I’m confident that our leaders in Washington like Congressman Ben Cline, Senator Tim Kaine, and Senator Mark Warner can work together and pass this important piece of legislation.

No kidney disease patient should have to worry about how to pay for their medications and treatments. Passing the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act will help eliminate this burden and benefit patients throughout Virginia and across the country.

Rebecca Crouch, Lynchburg, Virginia

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