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, which pays for this expensive treatment and all the other health care they need. 

The program now is under attack.

California legislation threatens the coverage for these kidney patients. A bill making its way through the legislature would give insurers a back-door way to drop low-income dialysis and kidney transplant patients from their plans. The bill would harm patients in two main ways:

  1. Nothing in the bill requires insurers to accept payments from nonprofit charities like AKF, even if the charities meet all the requirements laid out in the bill. Insurers would have the power to decide if they will accept funds from charities with no oversight or ability for patients to appeal their decisions.

  2. The bill lowers the amount that insurers have to pay for medical care for about half the low-income dialysis patients in California who rely on AKF for help. Health care providers may try to drop these low-income patients because they will be paid less. This bill actually encourages discrimination against low-income ESRD patients who receive premium assistance. 

Health insurance companies are the only ones who will benefit from this bill. It still allows insurers to collect high premiums from low-income patients who get charitable help to stay on their private plans, but it lets them pay medical providers far less for the same care that private plan patients who can pay their own premiums receive.

SB 1156 is a win-win for insurers and a losing proposition for patients.

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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Vote NO on SB 1156!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone who has been touched by kidney disease and on behalf of the 67,000 Californians who rely dialysis to stay alive, I'm asking you to oppose SB 1156. Nearly 4,000 kidney patients in California rely on the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to pay their health insurance premium, and SB 1156 threatens these patients access to health care. The bill would harm patients in two main ways:

1) Nothing in the bill requires insurers to accept payments from nonprofit charities like AKF, even if the charities meet all the requirements laid out in the bill. Insurers would have the power to decide if they will accept funds from charities with no oversight or ability for patients to appeal their decisions.

2) The bill lowers the amount that insurers have to pay for medical care for about half the low-income dialysis patients in California who rely on AKF for help. Health care providers may try to drop these low-income patients because they will be paid less. This bill actually encourages discrimination against low-income ESRD patients who receive premium assistance.

Health insurance companies are the only ones who will benefit from this bill. It still allows insurers to collect high premiums from low-income patients who get charitable help to stay on their private plans, but it lets them pay medical providers far less for the same care that private plan patients who can pay their own premiums receive.

SB 1156 is a win-win for insurers and a losing proposition for patients.

I am relying on you to protect patients. Please vote no on SB 1156.

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