Groups Outraged Dialysis Facilities Must Tell Issuers About Premium Assistance; Legal Action Eyed

Published by Inside Health Policy   Patient groups supporting people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are incensed over a CMS rule out Monday that they say goes beyond pushing for greater transparency and instead grants health plans the power to reject coverage for ESRD patients receiving assistance from third-party payers. At least one group, Dialysis…

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President signs bill that gives ESRD patients access to Medicare Advantage

Published by Nephrology News & Issues   President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act Dec. 13. The legislation, which addresses funding for the National Institutes of Health and makes regulatory changes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also includes a provision that allows end-stage renal disease patients to choose Medicare Advantage plans. The bill was approved…

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Key Provision in 21st Century Cures Act Allows Access, Choice of Medicare Advantage Plans for Individuals with Kidney Failure

Kidney Care Community Lauds Provision As Significant Win for Nation’s Medicare Beneficiaries with Kidney Failure Washington, DC – President Obama signed the landmark 21st Century Cures Act today, following a bipartisan wave of support in the House and Senate, which contains a provision allowing Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), access…

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Kidney Care Partners disappointed in CMS interim final rule

Published by Nephrology News & Issues The following is a statement from Kidney Care Partners in response to an interim final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, regarding dialysis companies providing premium assistance for individual marketplace plans either directly, or through a third party. Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – the nation’s…

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Statement by Kidney Care Partners on Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities,Third Party Payment (42 CFR Part 494)

Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – the nation’s leading coalition of patient advocates, kidney disease professionals, dialysis care providers, and manufacturers – is extremely disappointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) failure to address a growing practice of discriminatory behavior among insurers in designing plans that prohibit a vulnerable class of individuals who…

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