CMS Proposes Devastating Cuts to Dialysis Payments

July 2013

URGENT: Protect your dialysis care!
Urge your Members of Congress to prevent a kidney care crisis!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a regulation that proposes to reduce Medicare funding for dialysis treatments by 9.4%. The American Taxpayers Relief Act (the fiscal cliff deal) mandated CMS to adjust the price it pays for dialysis to reflect the recent change in usage of certain anemia management drugs. However, no one in the kidney community expected CMS to propose such a dramatic and potentially devastating cut.

Please take a few moments to express your outrage to your Members of Congress. They need to hear from you about how these cuts will jeopardize not only the quality of your care, but also your access to treatment as many facilities are likely to close with such a reduction in payment. Otherwise, they will assume that the cuts are not harmful.

Go online and take action!

Send a letter! Easily customize a prewritten letter with your story and click send.
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Follow up with a phone call! We'll give you the number and the talking points. http://tinyurl.com/n46cfrp

Tell your family, friends, and fellow patients to do the same. Protect ESRD Program

Dialysis Patient Citizens
1012 14th Street, NW, Suite #1475
Washington, DC 20005

Toll free: 1-866-877-4242
Fax: 888-423-5002
Email: dpc@dialysispatients.org