Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

January 11, 2010

Over 100 Patient and Provider Groups Push for Affordable Care for People with Disabilities in Final Health Reform Bill
-- In Letter to Congressional Leaders, Groups Urge Adoption of Three Key Provisions --

New York, NY—Over 100 members of the Coalition to End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare, a group of patient and provider organizations dedicated to health care access for people with disabilities, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 11 to urge that the final health reform legislation ensure affordable coverage for people with disabilities.

“This letter makes clear that there is broad support for provisions that will make sure that the new coverage options for people with disabilities have premiums and copays that they can afford,” said Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker. “The coverage the final bill will provide for people with disabilities who are waiting for Medicare will be an important test of whether this historic health care reform works for all Americans, including the most vulnerable.”

The Coalition reminded the congressional leaders of two important characteristics of people with disabilities in the two-year waiting period for Medicare:

The letter makes three recommendations that can make a significant difference in the affordability of care for people in the two-year waiting period:

The Coalition’s letter can be found at


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