Congress is in the midst of discussions on the “repeal and replace” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare. The ACA guarantees coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like kidney disease. Please urge your elected official to not repeal the ACA without first ensuring that patients with kidney disease will continue to have affordable health care coverage.
Before the ACA was passed, many people with chronic diseases – like kidney disease – could not get health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The coverage available as a result of the ACA has given many people with kidney disease the ability to better manage their disease and to postpone dialysis. And for those ESRD patients on dialysis, the ACA offers coverage to Americans who are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or Medigap coverage.
To ensure that patients are protected, the health insurance market needs to be stable and coverage must be affordable. Repealing certain aspects of the law before having a replacement could result in insurers pulling out of the market, which could leave vulnerable patients without adequate health care coverage.
Please contact your Senators to tell them that before repealing the ACA, Congress must have a suitable replacement that guarantees that people with kidney disease will have the same protections they have now.
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Do not repeal the ACA without first protecting ESRD patients
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent and as someone who has been affected personally by kidney disease, I am writing to urge you to not repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement that ensures that people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are covered. The ACA has provided health insurance coverage to people with kidney disease, many of whom could not get health insurance before the ACA because of pre-existing conditions. The ACA requires insurers to offer plans to these patients, which has given them the health care needed to postpone dialysis as long as possible. And for those ESRD patients on dialysis, the ACA offers coverage to the Americans who are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or Medigap coverage.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]