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Alabama kidney patients need Congress to support Medigap Expansion Bill

2021-09-13T13:55:48+00:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Since I started dialysis in 2018, I’ve been lucky to have coverage that supplements Medicare and helps to keep my costs down. Even with that added coverage, though, I’ve noticed it is tough to afford all of the medicines I need. For patients without the additional coverage I have, that cost is even higher. When Medicare doesn’t pay for medication or dialysis treatment. That money comes out of their pocket, and the financial burden is just too much for some patients to take on. For the many dialysis patients like me with diabetes, the problem is even bigger because of [...]

Legislations would provide help for dialysis patients

2021-09-08T17:20:24+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

I’ve lived on dialysis for 22 years, but there was a time when my kidney disease almost took my life. Through dialysis and a failed kidney transplant, though, I’ve done my best to stay upbeat and am excited to get another transplant kidney soon, hopefully. While it’s been a tough road, I’ve at least had the coverage I need to pay for my treatments. A lot of patients I’ve met only have Medicare, which doesn’t always cover their treatments and medications. Instead, they have to pay out-of-pocket costs as high as 20% of the cost of their treatments. Congress can [...]

Dialysis patients need Medigap expansion bill

2021-09-09T16:00:01+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

It’s been 34 years since my brother donated his kidney to me and changed my life for the better. Now, we do what we can to support dialysis patients in our area and help people better understand just what challenges patients face every single day. For a lot of them, it all comes back to coverage. As a transplant recipient, it’s a major problem that I’ve experienced firsthand. Three years after my transplant, I lost the coverage I had and needed to turn to other plans that came with big out-of-pocket costs. Other patients across the country are in the [...]

Letter: Bill can ease costs

2021-09-08T17:05:52+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Starting dialysis 12 years ago at 28 completely changed my life. I had to begin going to a clinic for the hours-long treatments that dialysis involves, and the treatments, as well as their effects, forced me to end my career as an EMT. It was a difficult adjustment to make, but I’ve at least been fortunate enough to have supplemental insurance coverage through my wife’s work that helps to cover the cost of my treatments. Without that additional coverage, we’d have to find a way to make up for the 20 percent of the cost Medicare doesn’t pay for. Under [...]

Letter: Help for dialysis patients

2021-09-09T15:59:05+00:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Dialysis brings a lot of challenges, but one of the biggest is simply getting the coverage you need. The treatments make it very challenging for patients like me to work a traditional job, which means many of us do not have employer-sponsored insurance and rely on Medicare. If it doesn’t cover a specific medication or treatment, we have no choice but to pay out-of-pocket or get an expensive supplementary plan. That could change with a new bill called the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. It would expand Medigap coverage to patients under 65 with end-stage renal disease, meaning more [...]

New Kidney Care Bills Vital for Expanding Coverage & Reducing Costs

2021-09-07T14:46:31+00:00September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Starting dialysis seven years ago was a bit of a rude awakening. I had to accept that my day-to-day life had changed, and that I’d now need to devote significant time each week just to go through treatments. One of the most challenging parts of the process, though, was learning the ins and outs of the healthcare system. It was a difficult adjustment, but I’ve been lucky enough to have coverage that takes care of my dialysis treatments and the medications I need. However, I know through my conversations with other patients at my local clinic that the reality is [...]

LETTER: Expand Medigap and help dialysis patients get the care they need

2021-08-30T14:57:01+00:00August 29th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

I was only 19 years old when I was diagnosed with kidney disease. Because I was under 65, Medicare didn’t cover the full costs of treatments and medications throughout my 10 tough years on dialysis, and I was forced to make difficult choices between the care I needed and basic needs like groceries. A new bill, however, the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act, would change that by expanding Medigap coverage to dialysis patients under the age of 65. This bipartisan bill would make sure that every dialysis patient gets the healthcare coverage they need, which is why our leaders, [...]

Dialysis Patients Need Help. A New Medigap Bill is the Perfect Place to Start.

2021-08-26T19:17:58+00:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

In 2004 my dad had his first dialysis treatment after flatlining from a heart procedure. We were not sure he would make it through the night as his organs were shutting down, but we were told that dialysis would help and at the time, we wanted to just do whatever was needed to save him. When my dad left the hospital, we were told that his kidneys would require dialysis in the future and his doctors would monitor him. Fast-forward to 2007, and we were informed that my dad would require dialysis three days a week for four hours at [...]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medigap Bill A Welcome Change for Mississippi Dialysis Patients

2021-08-12T17:17:29+00:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

My kidney transplant failing in 2017 changed my life. I went back on dialysis for the first time since 2012 and was spending more time in the hospital than I had before. Then, I lost my job and the insurance coverage it provided, and I had to go back on Medicare, which didn’t cover the whole cost of dialysis and forced me to pay up to 20 percent of the cost of my treatments. I’m not alone, either. Dialysis patients all over the country struggle to afford their care when Medicare doesn’t fully cover treatments or medications. That’s why it’s [...]

LETTER: Medigap Expansion is Needed

2021-08-12T19:41:20+00:00August 11th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

To the editor: As someone who has been on dialysis for 23 years, educating other patients and advocating for them gives my job meaning. I get to assist people who have gone through the same challenges I have and help people better understand exactly what life on dialysis is like. Through my work, I’ve seen how many patients struggle with high costs. A lot of patients rely on Medicare, but can have considerable out-of-pocket costs when it doesn’t cover what they need. This is especially true for patients under 65, who often don’t receive Medigap coverage for those costs that [...]

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