A Social Workers View on Senate Bill 1156

A Social Workers View on Senate Bill 1156
Inland Empire Community News
By Eden Eichler
May 16, 2018

As a social worker, I see first-hand the daily impact that End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and dialysis has on my patients. I visit them for treatment at home and in clinics where they share their stresses and worries with me. Chief among those worries is often the financial burden that dialysis treatment places on patients and their families.



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American Kidney Fund Statement on California Senate Bill 1156

American Kidney Fund
March 23, 2018

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is disappointed by the introduction of SB 1156, sponsored by Senator Connie Leyva (District 20).

If passed this bill would cause profound harm to many of the nearly 67,000 Californians who rely on dialysis to stay alive. AKF provides a safety net to dialysis patients who are unable to afford their health care coverage.  More than 17,000 people who are on dialysis live in the counties in Sen. Leyva’s district, and nearly 300 of them are receiving assistance from AKF to pay their health insurance premiums. This bill seeks to limit those patients’ access to lifesaving financial assistance and is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt by large health insurance companies to kick kidney patients off their insurance plans.

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