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Insurers keep going after dialysis patients

April 2, 2019

Thomas Elias The relief California’s 66,000 kidney dialysis patients felt last fall after two serious threats to their survival were beaten back has turned out to be short-lived. Not only are labor unions contemplating a second attempt to pass something like last year’s failed Proposition 8, but there’s also an attempt to revive a legislative […]

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AB 290 will take charitable premium assistance away from patients like me

March 18, 2019

Lori Noyes OPINION – I spent most of my career as a nurse and kidney transplant coordinator. For years, I helped connect others to lifesaving treatments. But I also know what it’s like to be on the other side with more than 94,000 Californians living with kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). […]

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Dialysis patients, physicians, and caregivers oppose AB 290 (Wood) that would Prioritize Insurance Company Profits Over Dialysis Patient Access to Life-Saving Care

January 29, 2019

“Dialysis is Life Support, a coalition of patients, physicians and dialysis caregivers, strongly opposed SB 1156 (Leyva) last year which was vetoed by Governor Brown given its negative impact on patients. Our coalition is similarly opposed to AB 290 (Wood), a nearly identical bill. We are concerned with any policy that encourages insurance discrimination against […]

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Dialysis patients and caregivers launch education campaign underscoring life-sustaining nature of dialysis treatment

January 24, 2019

Effort urges California lawmakers to protect access to the dialysis care patients need to stay alive SACRAMENTO – The California Dialysis Council today launched a digital education campaign, “Dialysis is Life Support,” featuring patient testimonials underscoring that dialysis is a life-sustaining treatment for patients living with kidney failure. The campaign features videos of Californians with […]

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Los Angeles Times Editorial: Proposition 8 Isn’t About Dialysis Care, It’s About Punishing Non-Unionized Clinics. Vote No

September 26, 2018

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times Editorial Board Proposition 8 is a truly odd duck: a proposal that ostensibly seeks to improve dialysis treatment and cut its cost, yet which is opposed by the National Kidney Foundation, the Renal Support Network and other major advocacy groups for dialysis patients. That’s because these groups worry that […]

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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: A Measure That Does Not Belong on the State Ballot — The Chronicle Recommends: No on California Prop. 8

September 9, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board Proposition 8, which would limit the profits of kidney dialysis clinics, is an example of a special interest trying to obtain from the ballot box what it could not achieve through other processes. In this case, the measure was brought by a labor union, SEIU-UHW West, that […]

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Another View: Dialysis Life Or Death

August 23, 2018

The Grunion Albert McKnight Living with a chronic illness affects your life in countless ways. Those who find themselves in this situation are sometimes forced to make incredibly stressful decisions, choosing between treatment and maintaining a job, or between paying for a roof over their head and the medical treatment they need to survive. Charitable […]

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SB 1156 Threatens Life-Saving Care for Dialysis Patients

August 21, 2018

San Bernardino Sun Jeffrey Ross As water truck driver for the laborers union in Yucca Valley, I never expected to get involved in politics. But then, I never expected to need a kidney transplant, or to have that operation threatened by a dangerous new bill that is being debated in Sacramento. SB 1156 by Sen. […]

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Physician Calls on Legislators to Oppose Bill Threatening California’s Most Vulnerable Dialysis Patient Population

August 16, 2018

Los Angeles Sentinel Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP President and CEO, Minority Health Institute Clinical As a physician, I believe I have a moral and ethical obligation to voice concern when I become aware of proposed legislation that may endanger patient health. As the founder, president, and CEO of the Minority Health Institute, […]

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I Needed a Kidney, but Proposed Law Could Have Left Me Without a Chance

August 9, 2018

Merced Sun-Star Teresa Arroyo For those of us who have battled with life-threatening illness, there is nothing scarier than not knowing if you be able to get the care you need to survive. A new bill in Sacramento would put dialysis patients like me at risk of being locked out of our healthcare systems, and […]

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Legislators: Oppose Measure that Will Harm Dialysis Patients

June 24, 2018

Antelope Valley Press Craig Scott As a dialysis patient, it’s difficult to understand the reasoning behind SB 1156. I suffer from Polycystic Kidney Disease, a hereditary chronic illness. My mother suffered from this disease, and I too was diagnosed in the mid-1990s. I began treatment for the inevitable End Stage Renal Disease that followed in […]

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Union Bill Will Harm Dialysis Patients

August 23, 2017

Sacramento Bee Naveen Atray The United Healthcare Workers West union is in all-out attack mode against California dialysis clinics and providers in its attempt to unionize dialysis workers. But in its war, dialysis patients are the ones who will be harmed. SEIU-UHW is pushing Senate Bill 349, which would impose mandatory staffing ratios for nurses, technicians, social workers […]

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State Senate Bill Endangers Dialysis Patients

July 30, 2017

Stockton Record Jagjit Singh, MD I have been a nephrologist (kidney doctor) for more than 25 years. I’m responsible for the care of 125 patients in San Joaquin County who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or kidney failure. Patients with kidney failure need dialysis, which means they need to be hooked up to a machine […]

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