Last month we reported that the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) was proposing to cut reimbursement for vascular access centers effective January 2019. We’re pleased to report now that CMS is delaying any cuts as it studies the matter further.
Podcast About Proposition 8
Dialysis Patient Citizens recently spoke at length about the disastrous consequences if proposition 8 were to be passed.
The Dangers of Proposition 8
DPC continues its advocacy in support of the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act (H.R. 4143/S. 2065), recently reaching out to members of both the House of Representatives and Senate.
In our letters to Congress, we highlighted a number of important healthcare improvements for dialysis patients that are tied to the PATIENTS Act, including better care coordination, additional patient support and improved quality standards among clinics.
The deadline to register to vote in California is Monday, October 22.
This is an especially important year to get your voice heard as the outcome of the election can impact the over 84,0001 individuals in California with kidney failure.
Proposition 8 is a dangerous ballot initiative in California, and if passed, can have devastating consequences for dialysis patients’ access to care. Specifically, many dialysis facilities will face potential closure leaving patients to:
Proposition 8 is a dangerous ballot initiative that California residents will be asked to vote on this November.
If proposition 8 is passed, this can have devastating consequences for dialysis patients’ access to care. Specifically, many dialysis facilities will face potential closure leaving patients to:
Get the inside scoop about what the results of this year’s election mean for you as a dialysis patient.
In addition, find out what you can do after the election to ensure your access to care is not compromised.
Join our Patient Ambassador call on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00PM Eastern for more information.
What is a Patient Ambassador?
Thanks to the help of many dialysis patients and advocates, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1156.
Senate Bill 1156 is one of the many policy issues impacting dialysis patients that DPC worked on this year. In 2018 alone, DPC and its advocates sent over 55,000 emails to lawmakers expressing concerns about the bill. In addition, with the help of local patients, DPC met with over 40 lawmakers in California to speak about the negative impact this bill would have on individuals receiving dialysis treatment.
The Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to cut reimbursement for vascular access centers.
This could negatively impact dialysis patents’ access to care, which is why we have weighed in on this important issue.
Dialysis Access and Fistulas
We would like to help you become more involved in dialysis patient advocacy by inviting you to attend our patient ambassador call this Thursday to get an update from Washington, D.C., learn more about our patient ambassador program and learn about our other advocacy opportunities.
If you are already one of our patient ambassadors, we look forward to hearing from you and hope you are able to join!
The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division published an opinion letter last week stating that surgery for people who donate an organ qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The letter may provide reassurance to individuals that are considering donating a kidney, but are concerned about losing their jobs due to being away for surgery or post-surgery care.
About the Family and Medical Leave Act