News

October 5, 2018

Get the inside scoop about what the results of this year’s election mean for you as a dialysis patient.

In addition, find out what you can do after the election to ensure your access to care is not compromised.

Join our Patient Ambassador call on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00PM Eastern for more information.

What is a Patient Ambassador?

October 1, 2018

Thanks to the help of many dialysis patients and advocates, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1156.

Senate Bill 1156 is one of the many policy issues impacting dialysis patients that DPC worked on this year. In 2018 alone, DPC and its advocates sent over 55,000 emails to lawmakers expressing concerns about the bill. In addition, with the help of local patients, DPC met with over 40 lawmakers in California to speak about the negative impact this bill would have on individuals receiving dialysis treatment.

September 19, 2018

The Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to cut reimbursement for vascular access centers.

This could negatively impact dialysis patents’ access to care, which is why we have weighed in on this important issue.

Dialysis Access and Fistulas

September 14, 2018

We would like to help you become more involved in dialysis patient advocacy by inviting you to attend our patient ambassador call this Thursday to get an update from Washington, D.C., learn more about our patient ambassador program and learn about our other advocacy opportunities.

If you are already one of our patient ambassadors, we look forward to hearing from you and hope you are able to join!

September 5, 2018

The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division published an opinion letter last week stating that surgery for people who donate an organ qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The letter may provide reassurance to individuals that are considering donating a kidney, but are concerned about losing their jobs due to being away for surgery or post-surgery care.

About the Family and Medical Leave Act

September 3, 2018

Last week, the California Assembly voted in favor of passing Senate Bill 1156. If this bill is enacted into law, many dialysis facilities will face potential closure leaving patients to:

  • Scramble to find new dialysis facilities for their treatment 3 times a week and
  • Potentially travel much farther to receive their life-saving treatments

Senate Bill 1156 has now moved onto the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown, who has until the end of September to act on the bill.

August 29, 2018

Dialysis Patient Citizens sent its comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns and providing feedback on its End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program proposed payment rule (CMS-1691-P).

August 22, 2018

Currently, dialysis patients are restricted to 30 months on private insurance coverage before having to go into Medicare. The House of Representatives recently proposed extending this length of time by three months, which is estimated to save Medicare $344 million. Access to private insurance is critical for dialysis patients, and we are very appreciative of the House’s efforts to improve that access.

Read our letter below in support of this proposal.

August 15, 2018

Dialysis Patient Citizens is requesting your support of kidney failure patients by urging your legislator to oppose Senate Bill 1156 (Leyva). If this bill is enacted into law, many dialysis facilities will face potential closure leaving patients to:

  • Scramble to find new dialysis facilities for their treatment 3 times a week and 
  • Potentially travel much farther to receive their life-saving treatments

Your support is critical in ensuring lawmakers are educated and reminded about the struggles patients with kidney disease will face if this bill is passed.

July 27, 2018

Our 2018 Annual Membership Survey is live, and it will remain open until Friday, August 10. This survey takes your input as a patient with kidney disease and helps to shape our public policy agenda and patient education priorities for the next year. 

In addition to determining Dialysis Patient Citizen's priorities, we regularly communicate survey results to state and federal level policy makers, so they will better understand your needs, experiences, and preferences.

Dialysis Patient Citizens
1012 14th Street, NW, Suite #1475
Washington, DC 20005

Toll free: 1-866-877-4242
Fax: 888-423-5002
Email: dpc@dialysispatients.org