The American Kidney Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 well-known for providing financial assistance to Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who cannot afford necessities related to healthcare such as outstanding medical expenses, transportation costs, prescription medications, and even health insurance premiums. Well, Insurance Companies in at least thirty-four (34) states want to put an end to this practice and have already "begun to reject insurance premium payments from the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and many other health nonprofits on behalf of enrollees with chronic diseases, according to patient advocacy groups," reported Nephrology News. KidneyBuzz.com is asking that the Chronic Kidney Disease Community including loved ones of patients, stand collectively against this unfair practice by signing the below petition to prevent Insurance Companies from denying the American Kidney Fund and other non-profits the ability to help patients in need.
In 2014 alone, the American Kidney Fund provided assistance to more than 84,000 Dialysis patients in 50 states. According to their website, "we’ve helped more than 1 million patients since 1971. Today, we are the trusted non-profit that helps about 1 out of every 5 patients in the United States." Still, some Insurance Carriers are threatening to terminate the coverage of individuals who receive third-party premium assistance (charitable assistance for health premiums) from any non-profits because insurers are concerned that charitable assistance to chronically ill individuals will skew the Marketplace Exchange risk pool and raise costs.
However, for many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the ability to afford their health insurance is literally a matter of life and death. Without the support of longstanding non-profit institutions like the American Kidney Fund, the results could be catastrophic and even cost patients their lives.
Stand with us to ask the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reevaluate the existing guidelines and promptly issue protections to Chronic Kidney Disease patients that would allow non-profits to continue making third-party payments to help individuals who cannot afford health coverage.
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Do you think that Insurance Companies are behaving fairly and in the best interest of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients? You and your opinion matter to us at KidneyBuzz.com. Share your responses with the over 38,000 Friends at the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan page (click here). Also, do not forget to sign and share this below petition. We need your support!
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