GREENVILLE, SC - GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolinians receiving Medicare benefits because of a disability say they cannot afford secondary health insurance and want the state to let them buy Medigap coverage.
Mary Higginbotham with the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina says about 130,000 disabled people in the state have no secondary insurance.
Older Medicare patients can buy Medigap coverage to help with expensive health care bills. But younger patients who make too much money for Medicaid coverage have to buy from an expensive high risk insurance pool.
Many of these patients are asking state lawmakers to approve a bill that would let them buy the less expensive coverage through Medigap.
Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com