Sen. Kirk wants care for low-income stroke patients


Associated Press


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants to see better care for low-income people who suffer strokes.


The Republican from Highland Park suffered partial paralysis to his left arm and leg as a result of a stroke he had in January 2012.


He told The Springfield State Journal-Register in an interview this week that he is working on legislation for what he calls "the stroke agenda."


Kirk says the problem for low-income stroke patients treated under Medicaid in Illinois is that they can only get coverage for four sessions with a rehab specialist.


The senator says people in such situations are "not going to really improve very much," and he'd like to set a national standard for better care.


Kirk estimates he had more than 50 rehabilitation sessions.