Our life-saving dialysis care is in danger! Help me stop drastic cuts to Medicare.
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Our life-saving dialysis care is in danger! Help me stop drastic cuts to Medicare.

    1. Karen Burson
    2. Petition by

      Karen Burson

      Fort Worth, TX

I am one of 400,000 Americans with irreversible kidney failure.  I am also one of the 85 percent of patients with kidney failure who rely on Medicare's end stage renal disease (ESRD) benefit for life-sustaining dialysis care.

As your constituent and a person who relies on dialysis to stay alive, I am writing to express my concern over the recent proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would cut Medicare's end-stage renal disease (ESRD) benefit by 9.4 percent and the potential effects that cut would have on my dialysis care.  Specifically, I am writing to urge you to intervene with CMS to ensure that this "proposed rule" - when it does become law - is reasonable and protects my access to quality care.  I am most concerned that additional deep cuts by CMS could affect my access to dialysis treatments.  Cuts could also affect my ability to receive the appropriate type of treatment that works best for me.  Limiting choice and availability of treatment options will not only inconvenience me, but may also affect my ability to be employed, stay out of the hospital, and live an active life. Further, I am concerned that my access will be reduced to crucial staff such as nurses, social workers and dietitians. Finally, if local facilities close or consolidate as a result of Medicare cutbacks that are too deep, my fellow patients and I will undoubtedly feel the effect.  

My name is Karen Santos-Burson and I live in Fort Worth Texas. I am 55 years old and I have End Stage Renal Disease that requires dialysis treatments 3 times a week. Without my dialysis I would be dead. I wouldn't be here to see all the famous firsts of my precious grandchildren. I wouldn't be here to cuddle with them in a rocking chair, drink that cup of imaginary tea and fresh baked cookies they made. I wouldn't be here to watch them grow into beautiful young women and handsome men. They would not know the special love of a grandmother. And I want to be here to see as much of it as I possibly can, to hopefully one day hold that first great-grandbaby!  The proposed cuts to dialysis care could put all of that in jeopardy!  

I urge and implore you to ask CMS to revise its proposed rule to ensure that funding levels are adequate enough to cover the cost of providing the life-sustaining treatments and maintain access to quality dialysis care.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important issue.

To:
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
I urge and implore you to ask CMS to revise its proposed rule (CMS-1526-P) to ensure that funding levels are adequate enough to cover the cost of providing the life-sustaining treatments and maintain access to quality dialysis care.

This is an imperative issue for many families across the United States! It can literally mean the difference between life and death!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Thank You Everyone!

      Karen Burson
      Petition Organizer

      First of all I want to say a most heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who showed your support for this petition! It was refreshing to see that we are not a nation of sheep and there is still a voice out there. I also want to thank all the help I received from Change.org, it was a blessing.

      I am sad to say that none of my "elected" officials responded to me regarding this petition. Not my Senators, Representatives or even the President himself, I reached out to all of them. I also reached out to one of my local media outlets, again got no response from them either.

      Because Congress had said that there was only an open period of Public Opinion until August 30, which is today, I will be shutting the petition down on Sunday Sept 2. I will of course not stop this even if the stated timeframe by Congress has passed. I am going to place the petition on zip drives and mail to "elected" officials. Dear friends remember this when next you vote! We need a congress to hear our voice!

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    • stan stargardt MOREHEAD CITY, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      I am looking at dialysis in the near future...I know how important it is to the quality of life...I pray for all that are suffering from this...

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    • Mary Hallisey YORK, ME
      • about 1 year ago

      Because she is a mother and has two young children....shame that you have to ask the question....

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    • Margaret Cabral NORWALK, CT
      • about 1 year ago

      Not important to me I rejected the treatment and waiting to die and get it over with. Only signing for those who want this care.

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    • Sherlyn Sullivan SLAUGHTER, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      If dialysis is needed, it should be provided, no questions asked.

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    • Jacob Choe LA PALMA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I know people who are on dialysis and dialysis is necessary and life saving! Use the tax payers money to support and benefit the people, not just the selected few. Don't cut fundings on Medicare, find something else to cut back on.

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