State legislators in California continue to consider legislation, which we believe would harm dialysis patients by ultimately limiting their access to their life-saving treatment. This legislation, which is being pushed by the labor union, Service Employees International Union, would cut reimbursement rates for patients on private insurance to Medicare/Medi-Cal levels, which are already below the actual cost of care. This will cause many facilities across California to close and leave patients scrambling to find their needed care.
Last month, we were able to get almost 16,000 people in California to reach out to their state legislator in opposition to this proposal and will continue our advocacy efforts as long as this bill remains under consideration. If you have not already contacted your state legislator, please reach out and tell them your opposition to S.B. 1156.
We will be requesting patient feedback for these and other issues in our annual membership survey, which we expect to send out soon.