Kirk Working to Improve Care for Stroke Patients
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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