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Please Help Protect Kidney Patients’ access to Health Insurance

On June 22, the U.S. Senate introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their counterpart to the House of Representative’s American Healthcare Act.  Both bills would significantly reduce access to vital, preventive, and life-saving care for people at risk of, or with, chronic kidney disease.

We need your help to urge the Senate to protect kidney patients and oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Despite assurances that people with pre-existing conditions could still purchase insurance in the Marketplaces, this bill allows states to eliminate the essential health benefits currently provided under the Affordable Care Act, and permits insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by not covering vital medications and treatments. For kidney patients, this could include treatments such dialysis or transplantation and medications.

In addition, significant changes and cuts to Medicaid could leave many low-income people without access to health insurance and health care services.  This includes preventive care necessary for slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease.  As state Medicaid budgets are tightened across the nation, states may look to reduce the populations they cover and eliminate expensive, but critical, benefits like dialysis treatments.

Please help us to urge the Senate to protect kidney disease patients by protecting pre-existing condition coverage and access to medical care for kidney disease patients.

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