Dialysis Patient Citizens E-mail Newsletter (January 25, 2024)

January 25, 2024
Dialysis Patients Citizens
Dialysis Patient Citizens is a patient-led, non-profit organization dedicated to improving dialysis citizens' quality of life by advocating for favorable public policy
2024 Advocacy Day - 24 Hours Left to Apply!
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) will host our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Congressional Advocacy Day May 6-7, 2024. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their applications, legislative priorities, and previous involvement in DPC's advocacy efforts. We will hold a training session ahead of our congressional meeting for those participating to explain the process and review our current legislative “asks.”

The application period is open until January 26, 2024. We just ask that you tell us a little about yourself and why you think you would be a good candidate for this incredible opportunity. We will make a decision mid-February and notify you via email. We will attempt to reach you one week after the decision has been made. If we are unable to reach you in that time frame, we will have to offer your spot to someone else.

If you are interested in participating in our advocacy efforts, please fill out the online application by TOMORROW – January 26, 2024.
Patient Ambassador Spotlight: Gabriel Cooper
Check out our Patient Ambassador Spotlight, where we highlight members who elevate the voices of people with kidney disease.

For our November Spotlight, is on Gabriel Cooper from Camarillo, California. When Gabriel began dialysis treatments, he could not continue working, as is the case for many patients. Thankfully, his spouse’s private insurance was able to help cover treatment costs, otherwise he would have had to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. A recent Supreme Court decision may allow private insurance to weaken coverage though, and push patients onto Medicare sooner than expected.

Gabriel’s first-hand experience showed him just how critical it is that kidney patients have the option to keep their private insurance for as long as possible on dialysis, which is why he is urging legislators in Congress to pass a bill that would let dialysis patients stay on their private insurance for 30 months after they begin treatment.

No dialysis patient should have to bankrupt themselves to pay for life-saving healthcare, which is why Gabriel and many other patients are asking Congress to pass H.R. 6860 - The Restore Protections for Dialysis Patients Act, and protect dialysis patients’ access to private insurance.

Patient Ambassadors represent DPC by serving as leaders in their community and local dialysis facilities. Learn more about this critical role and make a difference in the lives of dialysis patients by applying for DPC's Patient Ambassador program.

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