Protect Vulnerable Dialysis Patients

  • More than 3,700 low-income patients in California rely on medical financial assistance from nonprofit charities to help them afford the cost of their life-saving dialysis treatment and other medical expenses.
  • Dialysis is not optional. Patients with kidney failure need dialysis three times a week, three to four hours at a time. Without it, they will die.
  • Assembly Bill 290, sponsored by big insurance companies, would eliminate this financial assistance, forcing patients to choose between the treatments that keep them alive or food, shelter and other necessities.
  • Under AB 290, insurance companies make more money, but it is an attack on vulnerable, low-income patients.
  • Please protect the medical financial lifeline that thousands of patients need to survive.
  • Join patients, doctors, and citizens and urge the Governor to VETO AB 290.

Email The Governor To Veto AB 290

Reject AB 290 (Wood): Bill Eliminates Financial Assistance for more than 3,700 Low-Income California Dialysis Patients

Bill increases insurance company profits while harming dialysis patients and jeopardizing access to care.

AB 290 attacks vulnerable, low-income dialysis patients by eliminating charitable premium assistance (CPA) in California.
  • In 2018, more than 3,700 Californians on dialysis (about 5% of all dialysis patients) received medical financial assistance from the American Kidney Fund (AKF), an independent, nonprofit charitable organization.
  • Charitable financial assistance helps these low-income patients pay for insurance, copays and medical expenses associated with the life-saving dialysis treatments.
  • Dialysis is not optional. Patients with kidney failure need dialysis three times a week, three to four hours at a time. Without it, they will die.
  • Patients helped by AKF are largely minority (68% Latino, African-American and Asian) and low-income (average income less than $30,000/yr).
  • Provisions in AB 290 conflict with the federal regulations guiding AKF’s nonprofit charity status nationwide.
  • Rather than risk its charitable programs in other states, AKF warns: “If AB 290 is passed, it will quickly force AKF to stop helping low-income Californians living with kidney failure.”
  • If this happens, all 3,700 patients will lose their medical financial assistance – which could mean they lose their insurance or cannot afford medical bills and copays for their dialysis and other medical expenses.
  • AB 290 forces patients to choose between life-saving medical care, or rent, food and other necessary expenses.
AB 290 is sponsored by insurance companies so they can increase their profits.
  • AB 290 is sponsored by big insurance companies who want to stop having to cover dialysis patients and want to cut what they pay to treat these patients.
  • If AB 290 passes, dialysis patients, who have paid their insurance premiums for years will be pushed off their plans, right at the time they become sick. These patients will end up on taxpayer-funded programs that may not provide the best coverage for the patient or their family.
  • AB 290 increases insurance company profits at the expense of 3,700 California dialysis patients who will be financially ruined.
  • AB 290 does not contain any language requiring insurers to pass any savings on to consumers.

AB 290 is opposed by doctors, caregivers, patients, veterans and business and taxpayer groups and dialysis providers. This dangerous bill will jeopardize patient access to life-saving dialysis care.

Reject insurance company profiteering.
Protect patient access to life-saving dialysis care.
No on AB 290 (Wood)

Who Opposes AB 290


  • California Medical Association
  • California Hospital Association
  • Renal Physicians Association
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • Chronic Disease Coalition
  • Dialysis Patient Citizens
  • Minority Health Institute
  • California Hepatitis C Task Force
  • American Kidney Fund
  • National Renal Administrators Association
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
  • Fresno Madera Medical Society
  • Imperial County Medical Society
  • Kern County Medical Society
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • Merced-Mariposa County Medical Society
  • Monterey County Medical Association
  • Napa County Medical Society
  • North Valley Medical Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • Placer-Nevada County Medical Society
  • Riverside County Medical Association
  • San Bernardino County Medical Society
  • San Francisco Marin Medical Society
  • San Joaquin Medical Society
  • San Mateo County Medical Association
  • Santa Clara County Medical Association
  • Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
  • Solano County Medical Society
  • Stanislaus County Medical Society
  • Tuolumne County Medical Society
  • Yuba-Sutter-Colusa Medical Society
  • Ventura County Medical Association
  • FAIR Foundation
  • Los Angeles Wellness Station
  • California Dialysis Council
  • Satellite Healthcare
  • DaVita Kidney Care
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • U.S. Renal Care
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • American Renal Associates


  • California State Conference NAACP
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Community Health Action Network
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action – Political Action Committee
  • Sacramento Valley Section-National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
  • Equity Alliance Group, Inc.


  • California State Commanders Veterans Council
  • American Legion, Department of California
  • American GI Forum of California
  • AMVETS Department of California
  • Women Veterans Alliance
  • California Association of County Veterans Services Officers
  • National Guard Association of California
  • ROA Department of the Golden West
  • Scottish American Military Society
  • Jewish War Veterans, Department of California
  • United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County
  • National Veterans Foundation
  • California Council of Military Officers Association of America
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council
  • Association of the United States Army, Northern California Chapter
  • Association of the United States Army, Southern California Chapter


  • Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
  • Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Latin Business Association
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Southwest California Legislative Council
  • Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce Business Network
  • Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce


  • California Taxpayer Protection Committee
  • Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
  • Placer County Taxpayers Association
  • Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers
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