Tell Congress about the urgent situation for dialysis patients in Puerto Rico

5,600 Americans in Puerto Rico who depend on dialysis are facing a life-threatening situation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. While the situation is slowly improving, electricity and water are still in short supply, and deliveries of fuel, potable water and supplies have been slow in reaching people and facilities on the island. Dialysis centers need electricity to power their equipment and are running low on diesel fuel to power their generators, and they need clean potable water to dialyze their patients. And many patients – and workers in dialysis clinics -- are finding it difficult to get fuel for their cars to get to dialysis centers. It is a life and death situation for these patients who need dialysis three times a week to survive.

Please take action and email your Representative and Senators today to tell them about the urgent situation for dialysis patients in Puerto Rico and ask them to act immediately on funding for Hurricane Maria disaster relief.

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Please keep in mind the urgent needs of dialysis patients in Puerto Rico and act immediately to fund disaster relief

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to request that the Administration and Congress consider the urgent needs of dialysis patients in Puerto Rico and act immediately to fund Hurricane Maria disaster relief.

The situation in Puerto Rico for dialysis patients is serious. Dialysis clinics cannot operate without water and power, both of which remain in limited supply. Each day, clinics need thousands of gallons of clean, potable water; they use this water to make dialysate, the fluid in a dialysis machine. They need electricity to power the dialysis machines and other equipment. Many of the clinics that are operational are running solely on backup generators and using emergency water supplies.

Due to these operational difficulties at dialysis clinics and transportation problems for patients and for workers at the clinics, many dialysis patients in Puerto Rico are facing a precarious situation because they need treatment three times a week to survive. There are also many issues with getting patients access to food, prescribed medicines, and lab work. And the dedicated staff at dialysis clinics are under immense stress--working hard to treat their patients while at the same time dealing with the impact of the hurricane on their own lives.

Receiving regular dialysis treatments is literally an issue of life and death. Missing dialysis treatments can lead to serious complications, including cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest and stroke, which can lead to disability and death. The long-term health of dialysis patients depends on access to fully functional clinics and regular treatment.

I ask that the Administration and Congress please keep in mind the life and death situation for dialysis patients in Puerto Rico and act immediately to fund disaster relief for our fellow Americans on the island.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]