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Sen. Kirk Pushing “Stroke Agenda”

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) listens as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) listens as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Senator 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.

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