FORM LETTER YOU CAN SEND TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSONS AND SENATORS
Jul 6, 2013 — CMS’ Proposed Cuts to the Medicare ESRD Program Put Access to Dialysis Care at Serious Risk
As your constituent and an advocate for kidney care, I am writing to express my very serious concern about and opposition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to cut Medicare's end-stage renal disease program by nearly 10 percent, or approximately $30 out of the current reimbursement rate of $246 per dialysis session. A cut of this magnitude would be devastating. If this proposed rule is finalized, it will have damaging effects on people with kidney failure.
More than 400,000 Americans have irreversible kidney failure. Approximately 85 percent of these individuals rely on Medicare for their dialysis care.
As you are aware, Medicare-covered dialysis has been subject to numerous reimbursement reductions in recent years. Additional cuts of the scope that CMS proposes could reduce access to care or undermine quality.