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 recently introduced by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), seeks to limit these patients’ access to this lifesaving financial assistance and is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt by large health insurance companies to kick kidney patients off their insurance plans.

Though most end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients qualify for Medicare regardless of their age, California is one of only two states that specifically excludes ESRD patients who are under 65 from supplemental Medigap coverage. Because Medicare covers only 80% of all of medical appointments and treatments, including dialysis (with no out-of-pocket maximum), patients without a Medigap plan are financially liable for 20% of the cost. For someone with an expensive, chronic health condition like ESRD, that could mean financial ruin, especially since the vast majority of people on dialysis are no longer able to work.  That’s why the American Kidney Fund steps in to make charitable grants to help patients pay their health insurance premiums.  

The majority of California’s dialysis patients are under 65 and disproportionately low-income and minorities.  This bill would harm some of the most vulnerable people in California.  We strongly urge state lawmakers to vote against this bill.

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Please Protect Kidney Patients and Vote NO on SB 1156!

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 recently introduced by Senator Connie Leyva (District 20) seeks to limit these patients' access to this lifesaving financial assistance and is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt by large health insurance companies to kick kidney patients off their insurance plans.

Though most end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients qualify for Medicare regardless of their age, California is one of only two states that specifically excludes ESRD patients who are under 65 from supplemental Medigap coverage. Because Medicare covers only 80% of all of medical appointments and treatments, including dialysis (with no out-of-pocket maximum), patients without a Medigap plan are financially liable for 20% of the cost. For someone with an expensive, chronic health condition like ESRD, that could mean financial ruin, especially since the vast majority of people on dialysis are no longer able to work. That's why the American Kidney Fund steps in to make charitable grants to help patients pay their health insurance premiums.

The majority of California's dialysis patients are under 65 and disproportionately low-income and minorities. This bill would harm some of the most vulnerable people in California.

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]