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Senator Kirk's Plan to Help Illinois Stroke Survivors

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ILLINOIS -- U.S. Senator Mark Kirk was in Springfield today talking up his plan to improve the quality of care for stroke survivors here in Illinois and across the nation. Kirk, who is a stroke survivor himself, toured Memorial Medical Center while revealing his plans for a stroke consortium there. The senator is pushing for the state to be at the forefront with the cutting edge technology needed to improve recovery after a stroke. He says nationwide there are 750,000 stroke survivors 75% of whom are unable to return to work.

If you have a stroke and you're on BlueCross BlueShield government like I was on, you get 51 rehab visits. On just Medicaid you only get four. That means you're really not going to come back very well. Kirk went on to say that a solution is to pass his stroke agenda legislation. He says it would establish national standards for stroke rehab and shift the standard of care. It will, however, take years to work it through the National Institute of Health.

Senator Kirk's Plan to Help Illinois Stroke Survivors


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