Cuts by Congress Could Threaten Quality Dialysis Care for CKD

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Healthcare providers across the nation face the important task of caring for more than 30 million Americans who are living with Kidney Disease, and more than half a million with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Members of Congress, including your own senators, play an important role in ensuring access to this life-sustaining treatment.

Kidney care providers and dialysis facilities have made tremendous strides over the past few years in improving health outcomes, even despite reductions in federal funding. The healthcare teams help patients feel better and manage their conditions more effectively. Good care improves lives, decreases complications which lead to hospitalizations or mortality. This translates into reduced overall healthcare costs.

Unfortunately, the impending funding cuts would possibly reverse all of the good progress that has been made. Recent Congressional cuts to Medicare will drastically decrease reimbursements for dialysis treatments, impacting the level of care that centers will be able to provide. Also, the multitude of services offered by the dialysis providers would be negatively impacted due to changes in the "bundled" payments made to them.

By seeking an alternative to these cuts, and by improving other policies - like helping transplant patients afford immunosuppressive drugs - patients can live healthier lives, and hopefully help other Americans avoid ESRD altogether. You can share these concerns with your members of Congress and their staffs, and encourage them to ensure adequate financial support for dialysis so that hundreds of thousands of Americans can continue to receive quality dialysis care.

You can urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to protect patient accessibility to quality kidney care by clicking here.

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