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Thousands of Californians in jeopardy with AB 290 signature by Governor Newsom

October 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Dialysis is Life Support coalition, a coalition of doctors, nurses, hospitals, dialysis caregivers, veterans, community and business groups, and more than 4,000 dialysis patients, expressed dismay that Governor Newsom signed AB 290 (Wood) today. AB 290 is sponsored by insurance companies. AB 290 will upend the lives of thousands of low-income, vulnerable […]

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This legislation threatens the health and safety of dialysis patients

October 1, 2019

By LaVarne Burton To survive, people with kidney failure need ongoing health care not only to rid their bodies of deadly toxins and excess fluids, but also to treat their cardiovascular disease, their diabetes, their anemia, their bone disease, and to help them get transplants. In short, to manage all the serious conditions that go […]

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Governor, Don’t Sign AB 290

September 27, 2019

“Why drug companies, hospitals are spending big at state Capitol – and what it means for you” (sacbee.com, 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 […]

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American Kidney Fund is Vital

September 22, 2019

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 […]

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May need to sell all I own to stay alive is AB 290 is signed

September 22, 2019

By Rubel Rangel I am very concerned over the passage of AB 290 by the California State Legislature and am urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto it. I need dialysis to stay alive and cannot afford to lose my charitable premium assistance if the American Kidney Fund leaves California due to this harmful legislation. I […]

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AB 290 (Wood) passes out of both houses of the state legislature

September 10, 2019

Poorest and most vulnerable dialysis patients in jeopardy unless Governor Newsom vetoes bill SACRAMENTO – The Dialysis is Life Support coalition, a coalition of more than 4,000 dialysis patients, doctors, hospitals, dialysis caregivers, veterans, community and business groups, condemned passage of AB 290 (Wood) today. AB 290 is sponsored by insurance companies. Despite claims from […]

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AB 290 Would Add Insult to Injury for Low-Income Dialysis Patients

September 4, 2019

By Johnny Cooks Johnny Cooks is a dialysis patient and resident of San Mateo As a dialysis patient, I’ve been stuck with needles more than 3,400 times, lived out of my car, and suffered muscle cramps that brought me – a grown man and former security guard – to tears. But perhaps the most painful […]

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Coalition of patients, doctors, dialysis caregivers and others launch patient-focused advertising campaign urging legislators to reject AB 290 (Wood).

August 12, 2019

Bill will increase insurance company profits at the expense of low-income, minority dialysis patients. SACRAMENTO – The Dialysis is Life Support coalition, a coalition of dialysis patients, doctors, hospitals, dialysis caregivers, veterans groups, community groups and business groups, today launched a statewide television, radio and digital advertising campaign urging legislators to reject Assembly Bill 290 […]

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Reject AB 290

July 7, 2019

By Ricky Gossette Editor’s note: The author is a dialysis patient. Five years ago, I received the life-changing news that my kidneys were failing and I would need dialysis three times a week to survive. Just this last February, I was laid off from my job as an IT employee for a law firm. And […]

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Leading activists, organ donors, and patients call on their legislators to support kidney patients’ lives by voting NO on AB 290 and YES on AB 1223

June 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – JUNE 4, 2019 – Californians rallied to “Protect Kidney Patients” on the steps of the State Capitol Building. California NAACP, organ donors, transplant recipients, leading advocates, medical professionals and dialysis patients alike joined to demand action from their State Senators to support patients living with kidney failure, and the individuals who offer lifesaving […]

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AB 290 Legislation impacts low-income dialysis patients

June 19, 2019

By Lauren Wagner LEMOORE — Annie and Robert Maldonaldo-Escalera commit 12 hours every week to dialysis, a treatment that keeps them alive. The Lemoore couple, diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, used to worry about receiving new kidneys. But now they worry if they will be able to afford dialysis. In January, California Assemblymember Jim Wood introduced AB […]

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AB 290 Legislation impacts low-income dialysis patients

June 19, 2019

By Lauren Wagner LEMOORE — Annie and Robert Maldonaldo-Escalera commit 12 hours every week to dialysis, a treatment that keeps them alive. The Lemoore couple, diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, used to worry about receiving new kidneys. But now they worry if they will be able to afford dialysis. In January, California Assemblymember Jim Wood introduced AB […]

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CA Bill Could Restrict Access to Kidney Dialysis

May 23, 2019

Wesley J. Smith A California kidney patient writes to warn that AB 290 could make kidney dialysis more difficult to access for thousands of patients that obtain charitable assistance to help pay for their care. From the column by Duc Dang: I depend on a charitable financial grant from the nonprofit American Kidney Fund to […]

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Coalition of doctors, patients, dialysis caregivers denounce Assembly passage of AB 290 (Wood)

May 22, 2019

Bill puts insurance company profits ahead of dialysis patient needs SACRAMENTO – The Dialysis is Life Support coalition, a coalition of doctors, hospitals, dialysis patients and caregivers, business and community groups, today denounced Assembly passage of AB 290. The statement below can be attributed to Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for the coalition: “Today’s narrow passage of […]

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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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