Letters to the editor, April 9

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Guess what?

Kudos to Congressman Michael Burgess for not only showing the concern of his physician training but for seeing the need to expand Medicare coverage in at least one vital area.

His recent message to constituents tells us “that those who need kidney transplants and rely on Medicare for this coverage are in effect denied this life-saving care beyond 36 months. Without ... anti-rejection drugs, transplant patients are at risk to lose their transplanted kidneys. And that should never happen,” Burgess asserts. I agree with the congressman

What should also never happen is the denial of health care coverage for the millions of other Texans who cannot afford the costs of health care coverage in this country without the aid of Medicare-style coverage.

The congressman points out in his compassionate message for kidney transplant recipients that if they have the needed care to sustain this transplant beyond the 36-month Medicare limit, that they are likely to “have a higher quality of life and more likely to return to employment than dialysis patients.”

Guess what Dr. Burgess? This principle applies across the board for all people who have health issues. Providing essential health care for all citizens will indeed improve their productivity, which has the added benefit of sustaining and even improving our economy.

I’m glad Congressman Burgess is finally on board for expanding Medicare coverage but let’s show some real compassion now and provide it for more than this small critical area of kidney transplants.

Larry Beck,


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