May 2, 2007

Consumer groups seek end to two-year waiting period for Medicare

by Levin & Perconti

A coalition of 34 consumer groups has begun to lobby Congress to revise a law that requires individuals with disabilities to wait two years to become eligible for Medicare after they begin to receive Social Security benefits. Medicare implemented the wait period in 1972; however, a recent report stated that the law is sentencing people to inadequate health care, poverty, and death.

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