Tell Your California State Lawmakers to Protect Kidney Patients and Vote NO on SB 1156!

67,000 Californians with kidney disease rely on dialysis to stay alive.  Nearly 4,000 of those patients depend on financial support from the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to cover the cost of their health insurance in order to obtain this expensive treatment.  SB 1156, a bill introduced by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) and backed by insurers and the SEIU, gives insurers a back-door way to drop low-income dialysis and kidney transplant patients from their plans.

This bill would harm some of the most vulnerable people in California.

SB 1156 makes it harder for low-income Californians with kidney failure to stay insured. It’s backed by financially motivated and powerful special interests: insurance companies and the SEIU.

This bill threatens the health care coverage of thousands of Californians living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure. It targets patients who need charitable assistance to pay their health insurance premiums, erecting barriers that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for independent nonprofits like the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to help them. For example, a more than 90-day waiting period for insurer approval to accept charitable premium assistance would surely cause patients to lose their coverage when they cannot afford their premiums.

SB 1156 puts patients in the middle of disputes between insurers and providers about reimbursement rates, and between SEIU and dialysis providers in the union’s efforts to organize. Neither of these disputes should be fought in the legislature and certainly not at the expense of patients’ access to lifesaving health care.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and as someone who has been affected personally by kidney disease, I am writing to request that you vote against SB 1156, a dangerous bill that would harm thousands of kidney patients in California.

67,000 Californians with kidney disease rely on dialysis to stay alive. Nearly 4,000 of those patients depend on financial support from the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to cover the cost of their health insurance in order to obtain this expensive treatment. SB 1156, a bill introduced by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) and backed by insurers and the SEIU, gives insurers a back-door way to drop low-income dialysis and kidney transplant patients from their plans.

This bill would harm some of the most vulnerable people in California.

SB 1156 makes it harder for low-income Californians with kidney failure to stay insured. It's backed by financially motivated and powerful special interests: insurance companies and the SEIU.

This bill threatens the health care coverage of thousands of Californians living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure. It targets patients who need charitable assistance to pay their health insurance premiums, erecting barriers that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for independent nonprofits like the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to help them. For example, a more than 90-day waiting period for insurer approval to accept charitable premium assistance would surely cause patients to lose their coverage when they cannot afford their premiums.

SB 1156 puts patients in the middle of disputes between insurers and providers about reimbursement rates, and between SEIU and dialysis providers in the union's efforts to organize. Neither of these disputes should be fought in the legislature and certainly not at the expense of patients' access to lifesaving health care.

I hope you will vote against SB 1156. It is very important to me and my family.

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