WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) hailed the introduction of H.R. 5659as the latest in a series of milestones toward opening Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. With bi-partisan introduction by Reps. Jason Smith (R-MO), John
"As a dialysis patient of 5 years, I am fortunate to have secondary insurance to cover what Medicare does not, however I know many patients in my facility don't have that luxury. Providing dialysis patients access to Medicare Advantage will greatly help to reduce our out of pocket costs while improving our overall health with care coordination measures," said Stephen Anderson, a patient advocate from Indianapolis, Indiana working to secure more insurance options for dialysis patients.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) endorsed opening what was then called Medicare + Choice to dialysis patients 15 years ago, but nothing came of the recommendation for over a decade. Several recent developments have given new momentum to this policy proposal:
"The exponential growth in support for increasing dialysis patient choice, shows that opening up Medicare Advantage to ESRD patients is an idea whose time has come," said Hrant Jamgochian, Chief Executive Officer of Dialysis Patient Citizens. "Patients should be able to choose the insurance plan that works best for them, including Medicare Advantage if they want to access care coordination programs and out-of-pocket limits that are not available in traditional Medicare."
About Dialysis Patient CitizensWith more than 28,000 dialysis and pre-dialysis patients making up our membership, DPC is working to improve the quality of life for all dialysis patients through education and advocacy. We are a nationwide, nonprofit, patient-led dialysis organization with membership open only to dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and their families. Our policies and our mission are guided solely by our membership.
DPC is a 501(c)(4) organization governed by dialysis patients.
ContactHrant Jamgochian, J.D., LL.M.Chief Executive OfficerDialysis Patient Citizens1012 14th Street NW Suite 905Washington, DC 20005Phone: 202-789-6931Toll free: 866-877-4242FAX: 202-789-6935
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