Pass Restore in '24
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Becky's daughter Dianne relied heavily on her insurance coverage that paid to treat all of her complications and extended her time with her two children. Becky's story is why Congressman Mike Kelly is fighting for the entire kidney community to ensure access to coverage for all. Thank you Rep. Kelly for your efforts to Pass Restore in '24.
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While most dialysis patients are entitled to Medicare, federal law also gives them the right to maintain their private, employer coverage for up to 30 months. This option is important to all kidney patients, because it incentivizes health plans to detect and treat Chronic Kidney Disease, take measures to preserve patients’ kidney function for as long as possible, and assure a safe, stable transition to ESRD when kidney failure becomes inevitable. Dialysis patients may wish to maintain their private insurance to continue dental or dependent coverage that are unavailable in Medicare, or to take advantage of lower cost-sharing.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision threatens access to private coverage by permitting health plans to carve off dialysis benefits from their networks, and impose restrictive terms on patients. DPC is fighting for legislation to restore the protections Congress guaranteed 40 years ago.

Patient Stories

Our patient advocates have firsthand experience of how crucial private insurance can be. Check out some of their stories and hear why we need Congress to restore protections for dialysis patients.”

Mike Guffey
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Mike Guffey
Most dialysis patients are not as fortunate as Mike Guffey when he crashed unexpectedly into dialysis in 2008. Now, the private insurance that helped him avoid an $85,000 yearly medical bill is gone.
Cheri Rodriquez Jones
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Cheri Rodriguez Jones
Cheri was only able to receive her kidney transplant with the help of secondary insurance coverage. Now, dialysis patients are losing access to private insurance coverage and becoming ineligible for a transplant.
Adrian Miller
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Even with Medicare, Adrian did not financially qualify to be placed on the transplant list. He was fortunate to qualify for Medicaid, but not all patients are able to receive state-funded coverage.
Kristal Higgins
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Kristal Higgins
Dialysis patients like Kristal are losing their private insurance, resulting in their loved ones also losing health coverage. Congress must guarantee that dialysis patients AND their loved ones are covered while fighting the battle with kidney disease.
Terry Peeler
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Terry Peeler
When Terry was forced to retire from a 25-year career as a firefighter, he was fortunate to keep his private insurance through his retirement plan. His brother, who is also a dialysis patient, was not as fortunate. Let’s provide dialysis patients access to the coverage they need.
Gene Blankeship
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Gene Blankenship
When Gene began dialysis three years ago, he was forced to enroll in Medicare and was immediately dropped by his private insurance company. Instead of focusing on his health, he had to search for financial coverage elsewhere to avoid the crushing costs of his treatments.
Esther Stapleton
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Esther Stapleton
Esther Stapleton was fortunate to have what many dialysis patients are losing, private insurance coverage and Medicare before she turned 65. However, her family still faced the financial burdens of dialysis. Without private insurance coverage, dialysis patients are forced to choose between living or possibly losing everything.
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