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DPC Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case

2022-01-28T15:09:21+00:00January 27th, 2022|Categories: Article, Dialysis Funding, Legal Defense, Medicare Advantage, Protect Patient Care|

DPC filed a “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Marietta Memorial Hospital v. DaVita. The case involves a dialysis patient whose employer-sponsored health insurance plan tied reimbursements for dialysis to Medicare prices. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that this constituted illegal discrimination. The employer appealed the decision, which is now scheduled for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 1. DPC’s brief argues that such discrimination circumvents dialysis patients’ right to keep their employer coverage for up to 30 months before Medicare becomes their private insurance. DPC emphasized the three [...]

Reminder – Free COVID-19 Tests Available

2022-01-28T15:08:46+00:00January 17th, 2022|Categories: Article|Tags: |

In case you weren’t already aware, the federal government is issuing four free at-home Covid-19 tests to every household in the U.S. These are rapid antigen Covid-19 home tests that you self-administer using a nasal swab and get results in less than 30 minutes. Orders will be shipped directly to your home via US Postal Service (USPS), usually within seven to twelve days, beginning the week of January 24th. To order online, visit: https://www.covidtests.gov/. Click on “Order Free At-home Tests” button and it will redirect you to the USPS site for you to fill out your name and address. Or, if [...]

New Bill Give Dialysis Patients Certainty and Security

2022-01-12T15:27:59+00:00January 10th, 2022|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

The last thing that folks living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) should have to worry about is whether they can afford to pay for their treatments. As someone who has been on dialysis since 2009, I’ve met a number of patients who live with a financial burden and uncertainty because they do not have access to Medigap insurance. Thankfully, Congress is working to expand Medigap coverage through a new bill called the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. This bill would allow patients under the age of 65 to gain access to Medigap coverage, and it would be a huge [...]

Happy Holidays from DPC

2021-12-17T18:37:07+00:00December 17th, 2021|Categories: Article|

We want to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, as well as a safe and healthy New Year. DPC offices will be closed for the holidays starting December 24 through January 1. We also want to take this opportunity to share our list of Top Accomplishments for 2021, which would not have been possible without your support. Thank you again for helping us elevate the dialysis patient voice with policy makers. We are extremely grateful for all of your advocacy efforts, and we look forward to our continued collaboration in 2022 as we work together to improve dialysis patient quality [...]

Louisiana Kidney Patients Counting on New Care Coordination Bill

2021-12-15T18:25:17+00:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

My kidney disease diagnosis four years ago meant a lot of things, including the beginning of many doctor appointments, dialysis treatments, and medications. While these changes keep me alive and well, there are certain areas of care for dialysis patients that are lacking. For starters, I have found myself navigating between doctors to communicate my needs and make sure all of my prescriptions are working together, especially when I first started dialysis. Patients need a coordinated care system to make it easier for their doctors to communicate their prescribed health plans. Dialysis patients also require frequent visits to centers for their treatments. [...]

Support Sen. Young’s Kidney Care Act

2021-11-29T19:40:44+00:00November 28th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

A kidney disease diagnosis is life-changing. It means undergoing hours-long dialysis treatments several times every week, spending more time at doctors' appointments, and completely overhauling how patients live their lives. The stress of that change is only complicated by the fact that for a lot of dialysis patients, the responsibility for tracking treatments, medications and communicating with their nephrologist and primary care doctor and any number of other care providers so that treatments do not overlap or interfere with each other. Sen. Todd Young has introduced a bill called the BETTER Kidney Care Act, which would make it easier for [...]

Letter to the Editor: Medigap expansion bill can address coverage concerns

2021-12-02T16:04:48+00:00November 25th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Being a nurse practitioner gives me a glimpse into patients’ daily struggles that aren’t always obvious from the outside looking in, like the problems patients face when their coverage suddenly changes, and they can’t afford the medications they need. This is something I’ve particularly noticed for dialysis patients. Since a lot of them rely on Medicare for coverage, they have large out-of-pocket expenses when it doesn’t cover something they need, like actual dialysis treatments (which patients usually need three to four times a week) and medications, since Medicare often only covers 80% of those costs. And since many don’t have [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

2021-11-19T19:23:12+00:00November 24th, 2021|Categories: Article|

On behalf of Dialysis Patient Citizens Board, staff and volunteers, we want to take this opportunity to give thanks for all of your support in helping to empower patients and elevate their voice with policy makers. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.

Readers React: Bill would help dialysis patients under age 65

2021-11-12T16:12:37+00:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Dialysis has involved a lot of waiting since I started it years ago. Treatments take hours at a time, and I’m left waiting for the call to finally tell me that a donor kidney is ready. It simply cannot come soon enough. However, I at least have coverage for my treatments through my wife’s job, in addition to Medicare, which I know is not the case for others. For them, treatments that aren’t covered by Medicare have to be paid out of pocket, and the added costs and stress can be overwhelming. We need lawmakers to support the Jack Reynolds Memorial [...]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Law would make life easier for dialysis patients

2021-11-08T19:47:54+00:00November 7th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

When I first went into the hospital because of a heat stroke a few years ago, I never would’ve imagined it would lead to me starting dialysis. After 19 days in the hospital, I was back just one day after being discharged. Before long, doctors were forced to put me into a medically induced coma while I experienced heart and respiratory failure, which required a tracheostomy to help me breathe. When I came out of the coma, I was already on dialysis. This diagnosis came with expensive new medications, and now I have to work to make sure my cardiologist [...]

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