Why Can’t I Get Medigap Insurance?

Medigap Insurance - kidney talk

Medigap Insurance - kidney talkSupplemental Medigap insurance is a must when you have kidney disease. Unfortunately, dialysis patients are denied access to Medigap insurance in over 20 States. Wendy Funk-Schrag and Lori Hartwell discuss how this impacts patients and what you can do to educate your elected officials to help change this unfair public policy.

States that DO have Medigap coverage:

CA*, CO, CT, DE**, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA*, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NH, NC, NJ,, NY, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, VT*, WA, WI.

* = offer Medigap to people with disabilities under age 65 but exclude ESRD
** = offer Medigap to ESRD only, no others with disabilities

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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