Saving the Affordable Care Act Doesn’t Have to Cost the Sickest Their Coverage

Published by Morning Consult Six years ago, I and many others who have made our careers in health care policy cheered the Affordable Care Act being enacted into law. Though the ACA has proven to be a highly partisan issue, one important part of the law has consistently received wide support across the aisle —…

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Dialysis Patients Get OK in House to Enroll in Medicare Plans

Published by Bloomberg BNA People suffering from end-stage renal disease would be allowed to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans under one of three health-care related bills passed by the House Sept. 21. Included in the three bills are provisions lifting Medicare regulations that prohibit end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients from enrolling in Medicare Advantage and…

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Kidney Care Community Celebrates Passage of the House of Representatives’ ESRD Choice Act with Unanimous Vote

Bill will enable more choice for patients suffering from kidney disease, kidney failure by allowing much-needed access to Medicare Advantage plans Washington, DC – Kidney Care Partners – the nation’s leading coalition of patient advocates, kidney disease professionals, dialysis care providers, and manufacturers – today applauded the U.S. House for passing legislation that would offer…

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House passes Medicare Advantage bill for ESRD patients

Published by Nephrology News & Issues The U.S. House has passed the ESRD Choice Act of 2016 (H.R. 5659). The bill, introduced in July by Representatives Jason Smith, R-Mo., John Lewis, D-Ga., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Tom Marino, R-Pa., would remove current government rules and restrictions that prevent end-stage renal disease patients from participating…

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Charitable assistance: the new ‘pre-existing condition’

Published by The Hill Congress Blog For years, health insurance companies systematically denied coverage to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. As a result, those who needed coverage the most—people with severe and chronic conditions—were unable to buy insurance or were charged exorbitant premiums that were equivalent to a denial of insurance. Today, insurers can no…

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