DialysisPatients1st statement on Senator Lara announcement that SB 349 (dialysis ratios) will not be taken up for vote this year.

For Immediate Release:  September 8, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

DialysisPatients1st statement on Senator Lara announcement that SB 349 (dialysis ratios) will not be taken up for vote this year.

  SACRAMENTO –  DialysisPatients1st, a coalition of thousands of doctors, nurses, patients, veterans, hospitals, dialysis caregivers, clinics and others opposed to SB 349 today expressed satisfaction that Senator Ricardo Lara, the author of the bill, planned to suspend a vote on the dialysis clinic staffing bill and make it a two-year bill.

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Here’s what opponents of SB 349 are saying about the dialysis clinic staffing bill

For Immediate Release:  September 1, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

Here’s what opponents of SB 349 are saying about the dialysis clinic staffing bill:

“Strict staffing requirements without flexibility could limit patient access to their regular life-sustaining dialysis treatment and thus is dangerous for patients.” – Renal Physicians Association

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Doctors, health care and policy experts agree No evidence staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve patient care.

For Immediate Release:  August 24, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

Doctors, health care and policy experts agree

No evidence staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve patient care.

SACRAMENTO – Supporters of SB 349 (Lara) are suggesting that mandated staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve quality of care. Yet so far, they’ve produced no evidence to back up that claim. Doctors, health care and policy experts can’t find any evidence, either.

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In Case You Missed It: LA Times opposes SB 349 (dialysis center staffing ratios)

For Immediate Release:  August 21, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

In Case You Missed It:

LA Times opposes SB 349 (dialysis center staffing ratios)

Bill “would make costly dialysis treatment even more expensive without trying to incentivize or measure any improvement in care.”

SACRAMENTO – The LA Times today opposed SB 349 (Lara) saying the bill “would make costly dialysis treatment even more expensive without trying to incentivize or measure any improvement in care.”

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California’s Former Director of Finance: SB 349 Would Increase Costs to Care for Medi-Cal Patients on Dialysis by Up to $270 Million Annually

For Immediate Release:  August 16, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

California’s Former Director of Finance:

SB 349 Would Increase Costs to Care for Medi-Cal Patients on Dialysis by Up to $270 Million Annually

SACRAMENTO – A new analysis prepared by Michael Genest, California’s former Director of Finance, finds that Senate Bill 349 (Lara), the dialysis clinic staffing ratio bill, would increase costs to care for Medi-Cal patients by as much as $270 million each year. SB 349 would mandate minimum staffing ratios for nurses, technicians, social workers and dieticians at California dialysis clinics. A significant percentage of patients on dialysis in California are covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program for low-income people.

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In Case You Missed It: San Diego Union-Tribune condemns United Healthcare Workers West for using dialysis patients like “political pawns.”

For Immediate Release:  August 15, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

In Case You Missed It:

San Diego Union-Tribune condemns United Healthcare Workers West for using dialysis patients like “political pawns.”

SACRAMENTO – The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board condemned the latest political manipulation by United Healthcare Workers West (UHW) after UHW filed two ballot measures last week related to dialysis care.

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DialysisPatients1st responds to ballot measures filed by United Healthcare Workers West union today.

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

DialysisPatients1st responds to ballot measures filed by United Healthcare Workers West union today.

UHW once again threatening to use statewide ballot initiatives to further its agenda – to the detriment of patients.

SACRAMENTO – Today, DialysisPatients1st issued the following statement in response to news first reported in the LA Times that the United Healthcare Workers West union has filed statewide ballot initiatives that would harm dialysis patients by greatly reducing access to care. The initiatives include policy which mirrors SB 349 (Lara) – flawed legislation that would be dangerous for dialysis patients. UHW has a long history of filing ballot measures in an attempt to gain members. The statement below can be attributed to Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman for DialysisPatients1st:

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In Case You Missed It: East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News Editorials Oppose SB 349

For Immediate Release:  August 1, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

In Case You Missed It:

East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News Editorials Oppose SB 349

East Bay Times: SB 349 is dangerous to patients (especially poor ones), will increase costs and likely won’t improve quality.”

San Jose Mercury News: Bill to Raise Costs of Dialysis Threatens Patients’ Lives”

SACRAMENTO – Today, the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News editorialized in opposition to Senate Bill 349 (Lara). They join editorial boards throughout the state that are strongly opposed to the bill. SB 349 establishes mandatory staffing ratios in dialysis clinics, despite the fact that there is no evidence that staffing ratios lead to better care.

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More than 50 organizations representing doctors, patients, nurses, veterans, dialysis caregivers, clinics, hospitals and businesses oppose SB 349 (Lara)

For Immediate Release:  July 20, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872  

More than 50 organizations representing doctors, patients, nurses, veterans, dialysis caregivers, clinics, hospitals and businesses oppose SB 349 (Lara).                          

Dialysis clinic staffing ratio bill will reduce patient access to dialysis treatments.

SACRAMENTO – More than 50 respected organizations, representing doctors, dialysis patients, nurses, veterans, dialysis technicians, clinics, hospitals and businesses have joined DialysisPatients1st, the coalition formed to defeat SB 349, the union sponsored bill to mandate staffing ratios at dialysis clinics.

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National Hispanic Medical Association joins other doctors, nurses, patients and providers in opposition to SB 349 (Lara)

For Immediate Release:  July 13, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

National Hispanic Medical Association joins other doctors, nurses, patients and providers in opposition to SB 349 (Lara)

Dialysis clinic staffing ratio bill will reduce patient access to dialysis treatments.

SACRAMENTO – Another influential physician group has opposed SB 349 (Lara), a bill sponsored by the United Healthcare Workers union that mandates arbitrary staffing ratios in dialysis clinics. The bill also mandates an unnecessary 45-minute “time out” between patients.

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