Mourning Meets with Lawmakers

By  | 

Former Miami Heat basketball star and kidney transplant recipient Alonzo Mourning met with lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday to urge passage of a law to help more Floridians get transplants.

Crist promised his support to Mourning, who invited the governor
to the Heat's March 30 home game against the Orlando Magic for a
ceremony to retire his No. 33 jersey.

The legislation would permit people under 65 with end stage
renal disease to obtain Medigap insurance if they already qualify
for Medicare coverage. Medigap would qualify as the second of two
insurance coverages each patient must have to be on a kidney
waiting list.

Mourning received a kidney transplant in 2003. He returned to
basketball and played on the Heat's 2006 NBA championship team.