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August 29, 2019

Burbank Leader

I received a letter from the American Kidney Fund warning me that if legislation being voted on in the State Capitol becomes law, it will jeopardize my health insurance and kidney dialysis treatment. I will lose my health coverage because AB 290 (authored by Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg) would force AKF out of the state and discontinue the financial assistance it provides to me.

I rely on AKF’s assistance because although I have been fortunate enough to have received a kidney transplant, I still depend on the charitable premium assistance provided to me by AKF and will through the end of this year. I began dialysis treatment in 2012 after my kidneys failed due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which caused significant scar tissue development in my kidneys.

My entire life changed when I started at home peritoneal dialysis, while simultaneously working full time as a bookkeeper to keep up with my expenses. My illness strained my finances, so I turned to AKF two years ago for help paying my Medicare and employer group health premiums. I was listed for transplant at a San Diego hospital and received a kidney earlier this year after commuting to San Diego for four years for waiting list checkups from my home in Burbank. Although I am almost through the period in my life where I will rely on AKF’s assistance to make ends meet, I know how important assistance is for other patients who are going through the same struggles I have already overcome.

I never imagined this could happen to me. It could happen to anyone. I’m grateful for an organization that cares and has been able to help financially. Life has been difficult enough with kidney failure, AB 290 would exacerbate the hardship dialysis patients already face.

Betsie Landos

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