Can Bipartisanship Exist in Today’s Congress?

The last few years have been rough when it comes to Congressional bipartisanship, with the two parties fighting each other tooth and nail over the most basic legislation. Yet the other day I witnessed a rare moment of comity as the House Ways and Means Committee approved two health-care bills with universal support. The first…

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W&M Passes Bills To Let Kidney-Failure Patients Enroll In MA; Help LTCHs

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday (July 13) passed two Medicare bills: one that lets kidney-failure patients enroll in Medicare Advantage, and another that again delays the so-called 25 percent rule for long-term care hospitals and that narrowly exempts four types of LTCHs from site-neutral pay measures. Kidney patient advocates praised the committee…

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House Panel OKs Medicare Advantage Coverage for Renal Disease

Patients suffering from end-stage renal disease would have the ability to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans under a bipartisan bill (H.R 5659) approved by a House panel July 13. Under current Medicare regulations, end-stage renal disease patients are prohibited from enrolling in Medicare Advantage. The House Ways and Means Committee also approved H.R. 5713, known…

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Finally, legislation that offers people with kidney failure a choice in coverage

Managing a serious personal health condition can feel like a full time job – one that is highly complex in nature, with no days off, and little room for error. For Americans with kidney failure – also known as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) – managing health is, in fact, one of the most daunting challenges…

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Representatives introduce bill to give ESRD patients access to Medicare Advantage

On July 8, Representatives Jason Smith, R-Missouri, John Lewis, D-Ga., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., introduced legislation that would give end-stage renal disease patients the choice to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans.  H.R. 5659, the “Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis’ Choice Act of 2016,” or ESRD Choice Act, would remove current government rules and…

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KCP Applauds Legislation to Expand Medicare Coverage Options for Dialysis Patients

 Legislative Efforts Will Benefit Vulnerable Populations with Kidney Failure  WASHINGTON – Kidney Care Partners, the nation’s leading coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers and manufacturers working together to improve quality of care for individuals with kidney disease, today applauded the introduction of legislation that would expand Medicare coverage options for dialysis patients.  Under…

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