American Kidney Fund is Vital

September 22, 2019

Modesto Bee

By Bernard Zachary

I am very concerned over the passage of AB 290 by the California State Legislature and want to urge Governor Newsom to veto the bill. I rely on dialysis to stay alive and cannot afford to lose my charitable premium assistance if the American Kidney Fund is forced out of the state as a result of this harmful legislation.

I am very concerned over the passage of AB 290 by the California State Legislature and want to urge Governor Newsom to veto the bill. I rely on dialysis to stay alive and cannot afford to lose my charitable premium assistance if the American Kidney Fund is forced out of the state as a result of this harmful legislation.

I rely on assistance because renal failure cost me my job. As the sole provider of my household, the reality of insurmountable medical costs was terrifying. When I lost my job, I also lost my insurance and subsequently couldn’t afford a comprehensive insurance plan due to my lack of income. Fortunately, I qualified for a charitable donation from AKF so I could have continuity of care.

With AKF’s assistance, I have been able to return to a level of normalcy that would not have been possible without their help. The peace of mind I have gotten from not having to worry about how I will pay my bills has helped me envision a life beyond dialysis.

Taking AFK away would be taking hope away from not only me, but thousands of other Californians.

Bernard Zachary, Modesto

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