Please consider sending a letter to you Federal Senators and Representative to assist my Granddaughter Harper. Below is a letter we have sent that might be assist you in writing your letter.
3515 Pine Hollow Place
Stillwater, MN 55082
December 1, 2012
Representative Betty McCollum
Dear Representative Betty McCollum,
We are asking, on behalf of our 5-year-old granddaughter Harper, for your support of the “Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2011.”
In April of 2011 Harper was exposed to E. coli (source unknown) and became very ill with hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a life threatening condition caused by E. coli toxins. After two months in ICU, she survived but her kidneys did not. She was on dialysis for nine months until she received a kidney from her mother on December 7, 2011. Harper will take expensive anti-rejection/immune-suppressant drugs for the rest of her life, but Medicare will currently only cover those drugs for three years.
The proposed bill would extend Medicare drug coverage beyond 36 months. Currently, if patients cannot afford the medications (average $1,000 – $3,000/month), they may lose their donated kidney and return to dialysis while awaiting another transplant (for which Medicare will pay). Medicare spends an average of $17,000 a year on kidney transplant recipients (most of it for the anti-rejection drugs) compared with $71,000 a year on dialysis patients and $106,000 for a transplant.
Please help Harper, and all kidney recipients like her, live a long full life and support this humane and fiscally sensible bill.
Grandpa David Korte
Grandma Karen Erickson