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On March 6, 2012 Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduced S. 2163, the Kidney Disease Equitable Access, Prevention, and Research Act of 2012. In June, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the Act in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 6011). The American Kidney Fund supports this important legislation, which would:
Join the American Kidney Fund in building support for this legislation by sending personalized letters to your representatives in Congress encouraging them to cosponsor the Kidney Disease Equitable Access, Prevention, and Research Act of 2012 today!
If you take action and are not already a member of the American Kidney Fund's Advocacy Network, you will become a member of the Advocacy Network and begin to receive periodic updates and communications about policy issues affecting kidney patients.
Cosponsor the Kidney Disease Equitable Access, Prevention, and Research Act of 2012!
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I ask you to cosponsor the Kidney Disease Equitable Access, Prevention, and Research Act of 2012 (S.2163/H.R.6011).Chronic kidney disease is now the eighth-leading cause of the death in the United States and affects as many as 31 million Americans. Once an individual reaches kidney failure (end stage renal disease), he or she requires either dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. More than 500,000 Americans are living with kidney failure.Currently, end stage renal disease patients are eligible to remain on their private insurance plans for up to 30 months after being diagnosed with kidney failure before Medicare becomes their primary insurer. This legislation, introduced by Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), would allow kidney patients to retain their private insurance for an additional 12 months, totaling 42 months. For many patients, private insurance provides a more extensive benefit package and lower out-of-pocket costs.This comprehensive legislation would also protect kidney patients from unfair private insurance practices, including preventing private insurers from denying or limiting coverage if premiums or other payments are made by third parties (for example, charitable organizations like the American Kidney Fund) on a patient's behalf. In addition, this legislation would expand Medicare coverage of kidney disease education services and preventive care, and support research into kidney health disparities among minority populations and transportation barriers that limit access to care for dialysis patients.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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