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« on: April 13, 2018, 05:55:58 AM »

I just signed the petition, “U.S. House of Representatives: Support legislation to keep dialysis patients insured. Pass H. R. 3976 today..” I think this is important. Will you sign it too?
Here’s the link:


Low-income Americans with high-cost chronic conditions, like kidney disease, often require charitable assistance to pay for their health insurance premiums. But some insurance companies are refusing to accept payments from non-profit organizations. This puts low-income and financially struggling patients at risk of losing their insurance.

Patient advocates for the American Kidney Fund started a petition to help address this crisis.

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 08:33:42 AM »

What?  Are there changes coming to Medicare that would kick dialysis patients out of their chairs?

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 08:40:18 AM »

Insurers would be well advised (financially, not morally) to refuse premiums paid by kidney charities as such clients are guaranteed money losers.    I suppose the charities could pay the premium to the patient for remittance to the insurance company, but some poor people would not know how to properly manage that money.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 09:21:54 AM »

So I view some of the things that happen, like dialysis centers "donating" to funds which pay for patient's insurance at their own centers as a bit shady.  Most of us know that insurance pays way more for dialysis treatments then Medicare/Medicaid.

I think the bills are to try to stop somethings that happen like this:
UnitedHealthcare accuses dialysis firm of improperly switching patients to private insurance

Its the same with Drug prices.  A company will raise the price of a drug outrageously and then offer a patient "assistance" program.  By doing that "donation" they are able to justify price gouging everyone else.

I'm someone that does want everyone to have access to insurance and healthcare.  So I just want to point out that there probably is two sides to this issue and both sides likely have valid goals and complaints...

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