DPC works hard to protect patient access to quality care for all dialysis patients, which is often only possible with the support charitable assistance from organizations such as the American Kidney Fund (AKF). Unfortunately, a new law recently enacted in California threatens that access. DPC quickly joined AKF and two patients as plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to prevent this newly passed law from going into effect at the start of 2020. In late December, we were pleased that the court recognized our concerns of potential patient harm, granting us a preliminary injunction, which prevents the law from taking effect until the court can decide the case on its merits.
The court’s temporary reprieve ensures that over 3,700 low-income dialysis patients will continue to receive the financial assistance they need to cover their medical costs through AKF’s charitable assistance program. DPC will continue to fight to protect patient access to lifesaving care for all individuals. We are counting on all of our members and supporters to help us in any future effort to undercut such critical care whether in California or another state.