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To the Editor: Medigap coverage important for people in need

2021-06-24T20:06:36+00:00June 21st, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

To the Editor: As a single mom, starting dialysis required a lot of shuffling so I could attend treatments while juggling my responsibilities as a parent. Thankfully, it didn’t require big out-of-pocket payments to cover what Medicare couldn’t, since Michigan requires insurers to provide dialysis patients like me with access to Medigap. I know the reality is different for patients in my situation in other states, so I’m happy to see members of Congress from both parties working on the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act, which would expand “Medigap” coverage to dialysis patients under 65, so they don’t get [...]

Expanding Medigap coverage

2021-06-24T20:03:49+00:00June 21st, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

I first started dialysis just over 20 years ago, and in that time I’ve done both home and in-center dialysis treatments in addition to receiving two kidney transplants. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to have good coverage that kept my treatments affordable. As I’ve met other dialysis patients, I’ve realized just how rare that is. Many people with kidney disease receive their coverage through Medicare and if they are under 65, they can get hit with big bills that they have to pay out-of-pocket if Medicare doesn’t cover the whole cost of their treatment. No one should have [...]

Letter: Medigap expansion bill offers relief to kidney disease patients in need

2021-06-24T19:52:58+00:00June 19th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

I have struggled with kidney disease my entire life. I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease when I was 7 years old, and I finally went on dialysis in 2010 at age 26 when my kidneys failed. While I was able to receive full coverage from private and public insurance providers due to the fact that I am legally blind, the sad reality is that many dialysis patients who aren’t disabled don’t have access to the full coverage they need for their treatments. For that reason, it’s important that Congress passes The Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. This [...]

Stay Up-to-Date on the Latest Kidney Care News with DPC’s New “Patient Stories” Page

2021-06-23T17:15:56+00:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Article, Medicaid, Patient's Voice, Promote Financial Security|

Dialysis Patient Citizens wants to make it easier for you to stay up-to-date with the latest Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds written by our members. Head over to our new Patient Stories page to hear these members’ stories and how upcoming bills, such as the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act and the BETTER Kidney Care Act, would provide much needed assistance to patients. Check Out the Patient Stories Page

Medigap expansion bill would ease burden on dialysis patients

2021-06-24T19:57:36+00:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Last year was tough for everyone as we navigated life during a pandemic and did what we could to stay home. Unfortunately, things got even tougher when I found out I had to start dialysis treatments again. While I was initially able to stop dialysis in 2010 thanks to a kidney transplant, complications meant that I had to start treatments again in 2020. The second time around, the entire process has been more difficult since I have more treatments each week than I did previously, and the cost of medications, treatments and more take their toll. Cost is a major [...]

New bill would expand coverage to kidney patients who need it most

2021-06-24T20:15:12+00:00June 9th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

For 10 years, I acted as my father’s in-home dialysis provider, and having the chance to be there for him was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. While he passed away last year, I’ve been able to channel that energy into helping and educating other patients who are in the same position he was. Caring for my father, along with my experiences as a nurse and my recent schooling to become a health education specialist, opened my eyes to a lot of disparities affecting our health system that have serious ramifications for dialysis patients. So many patients [...]

Both Sides of the Aisle Agree – We Need to Help Kidney Patients

2021-06-23T12:15:21+00:00June 9th, 2021|Categories: Advance Patient Choice, Dialysis Funding, Improve Access to Care, Increase Quality of Care, Innovation, Medicare Advantage, Medigap Coverage, Protect Patient Care|

On June 8, 2021, Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) re-introduced The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S.1971), a bipartisan, bicameral bill designed to not only raise awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), but also improve understanding and access to treatment for patients, which includes the Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more that 1 in 7 US adults (about 37 million people) have CKD and that as many as 9 out of 10 of those adults [...]

Former firefighter advocates for fellow renal failure patients

2021-06-24T20:01:00+00:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Former firefighter Terry Peeler of Livingston has released a statement urging Alabama lawmakers to support new bipartisan legislation that offers coverage for dialysis patients. Peeler’s career as a firefighter ended when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. “Starting dialysis in 2016 was unbelievably difficult,” Peeler said. “It brought my career as a firefighter to a sudden halt, and meant I needed to make a 72-mile round trip three times every week to undergo a procedure that takes five hours.” “I was fortunate, though, because the cost was not prohibitive for me,” Peeler explained. “My job provided me with good insurance [...]

Passing kidney care legislation will help dialysis patients

2021-06-23T19:26:40+00:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit last year, it forced a lot of people out of work. That was especially the case for dialysis patients like me, as our kidney disease means we’re at a higher risk for getting seriously sick if we get COVID-19, and we’ve had to take extra steps to stay safe. While I’m looking forward to returning to work, doing so means I will lose some of the coverage I have that covers what Medicare doesn’t. Unless I can get that “Medigap” coverage, I and other dialysis patients in my situation will be stuck paying significant [...]

Andrew Conkling: Expanding Medigap coverage for dialysis patients is a welcome and necessary change

2021-06-18T17:09:48+00:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: Patient Stories in the News|

Kidney disease has been a major part of my life from the very start. I was born with just one functioning kidney and, defying doctors’ expectations, made it to age 25 before I needed to start dialysis treatments. Through my own experiences with dialysis and my conversations with other patients in dialysis clinics across the United States in the years since, I’ve seen that there are still a lot of barriers that prevent patients who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) from getting the level of care they need at an affordable cost. This has only been magnified since the start [...]

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