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Kirk Working to Improve Care for Stroke Patients

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he wants to ensure that all stroke patients get an equal chance to recover.

Kirk was in Chicago Sunday to outline what he calls his "stroke agenda" before climbing a stairway at the Willis Tower as part of a fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. That's where the Highland Park Republican underwent physical therapy after suffering a stroke in 2012.

Kirk has introduced legislation to set a national standard of care for stroke survivors, expand access to high-quality rehabilitation and help stroke victims return to work.  He says the disparity in care often depends on where a patient lives and what kind of insurance they have. Kirk says his federal insurance paid for 51 physical therapy sessions, while Medicaid patients in Illinois get four.

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