I wrote several posts this week about calling and emailing your Representative and Senators from your state. The idea is to apply pressure to them so that they apply pressure to Medicare/CMS and these proposed cuts go away while in the proposal stage. If this doesn’t work, then we have to deal with the agency about these cuts and it makes it much more difficult.
So, if you didn’t do this already, take a few minutes and call your members of Congress…. three simple phone calls that could help you in the long run. If these cuts go through, your favorite tech may go away, or your favorite nurse may vanish, or your center may close. Is that enough to motivate you? Are you in a small dialysis center that only has about 12 chairs and two shifts? Then, you of all people should be calling.
Are you in a center run by a large provider like Fresenius or Davita? Do you think you’re safe from the effects of these cuts? Hardly. They will certainly use the cuts as an excuse to layoff a tech or two, or a nurse, or those new chairs they promised. Gone. “It was the 10 percent Medicare cuts!” they’ll say.
“I don’t have Medicare,” you say. Sure, for now, you’re covered by private pay insurance. But, after 30 months, that goes away and your primary coverage converts to Medicare. It’s the law. Then what are you going to do? Look, if you’re covered by private insurance you can’t hide. You can’t fail to take action.
So, call your Congressperson now. None of us are protected. To find the phone number and email of your Representative and Senators in Congress, use this page from Dialysis Patient Citizens. They even walk you through each call and tell you what to say. Three simple calls. Most will be answering services and you will just record your message! The first one is the hard one. After that you’re a wiz at it! So CLICK HERE and call NOW!
I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time.
In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee
I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them in www.DevonTexas.com
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