|By Adam Smeltz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Five years after the transplant, she still counts on
"A lot of us are disabled, so we have fixed incomes," said Underwood, who does not work and as a
Federal rules since 2006 have mandated that private insurance plans providing prescription benefits for seniors and disabled beneficiaries on
"It's important that patients dealing with challenges like a transplant have access to the medications that their doctor feels will best improve their health," Casey said. His office reported receiving 80 letters from constituents concerned about the proposal. None supported it.
"This is a proposed rule and we welcome comments from the public on the proposal," the statement reads. The government is accepting public comment through
Groups including the
TRIO encouraged its 1,600 supporters to contact lawmakers, said group president
"You can't just take one type of medication and say this applies to everybody," he said.
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