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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 3 others

Withdraw the Proposed Cuts to Dialysis Centers and ESRD Patients

URGENT: Take Action today! Urge Congress to contact CMS officials & tell them the ESRD proposed rule goes too far! Sign the petition below encouraging Congress to intervene to prevent CMS from cutting funding to dialysis centers by 9.4%, today!

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
and 1 other
Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Relevant Agent (Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS))
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is very concerned about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to cut Medicare's dialysis program by nearly 10 percent, or approximately $24 out of the current reimbursement rate of $240 per dialysis session. This proposal is the direct result of action Congress took at the end of 2012 as part of the American Tax Payers Relief Act. This law required Medicare to reduce the bundled dialysis payment to account for the decline in use of injectable medications. However, the magnitude of the cut calculated by CMS will harm access to quality care for patients with kidney failure.
Patients with kidney failure require either dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live and more than 415,000 Americans receive dialysis. Approximately 85 percent of these individuals rely on Medicare to pay for their care. Given the size of the cut to Medicare dialysis payments, most providers will have to make considerable changes in how they operate in order to cover the most basic costs of care. NKF is concerned that some providers may not be able to withstand cuts and will have to close facilities and that many others may have to eliminate patient-focused programs, services, and benefits that improve patients’ health and quality of life.
We urge the Administration and Congress to ensure that Medicare reimbursement for dialysis is sufficient to cover the cost of care.

James W. Myers, III
Advocate for the National Kidney Foundation for State of Indiana