Governor, Don’t Sign AB 290

September 27, 2019

Sacramento Bee

“Why drug companies, hospitals are spending big at state Capitol – and what it means for you” (, Aug. 5): I am deeply concerned over the passage of Assembly Bill 290 by the California State Legislature. I am urging Gov. Gavin 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 (AKF) is forced out of the state due to this harmful legislation. I need assistance, because with kidney failure patients accrue costs beyond just the cost of living. After my diagnosis forced me to stop working, I was lucky enough to get coverage for my dialysis under Medi-cal and Medicare. However, even with coverage, income from Social Security disability payments wasn’t enough to make ends meet. AKF largely eliminated the stresses of balancing medical costs and basic living costs. It’s frightening to consider my fate, and the fate of thousands of other Californians, without the help of AKF.

Russell Desmond, Auburn

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