Dialysis and “Doc Fix”

Billy BillFinally, after SEVENTEEN years, Congress has passed the “doc fix” bill to fill a hole they created in 1997.

Read about it here… 

From the DPC website, here’s the impact on dialysis patients based on the House version of the bill:

We are pleased to report that no cuts to dialysis funding are currently included in the bill. This time around, the House chose not to offset the entire cost. However, the bill would require wealthy seniors to pay more for their Medicare outpatient and prescription drug coverage, and restrict Medigap plans from being used to cover the Part B deductibles (currently $147). These changes will only apply to future Medicare beneficiaries and will not affect current dialysis patients enrolled in Medicare. To read more, CLICK HERE

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About DevonTexas

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 can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients 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. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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