The last thing that folks living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) should have to worry about is whether they can afford to pay for their treatments. As someone who has been on dialysis since 2009, I’ve met a number of patients who live with a financial burden and uncertainty because they do not have access to Medigap insurance.
Thankfully, Congress is working to expand Medigap coverage through a new bill called the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. This bill would allow patients under the age of 65 to gain access to Medigap coverage, and it would be a huge help to those struggling to afford treatments and medications.
I was fortunate enough to know the bill’s namesake, Jack Reynolds, personally. He was a staunch advocate for the kidney care community and credited access to Medigap coverage as the reason he could live a fulfilling life while undergoing dialysis.
I’m hopeful that my representative, Congresswoman Bonnie Waston Coleman, will help dialysis patients throughout New Jersey and across the country by supporting this important bill.