The Medicare overhaul bill, pending in the U.S. Senate, has the support of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
He says changes were needed because Medicare pays for surgical
procedures that could be prevented by medicines that is not paid for under the present system.
Sessions admits the legislation isn't exactly what he wanted. But he expects the bill to pass before Congress leaves for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Earlier this week, the Alabama chapter of AARP, announced their support behind what it called not a perfect bill, but a good first step in giving seniors insurance for their prescription drugs.
The legislation would make the most far-reaching changes in Medicare since the federal health care insurance program for the elderly and disabled was created in 1965.