Modern Healthcare

CMS rule makes it more difficult for dialysis patients to access care

August 8, 2020

Americans living with chronic diseases often face discriminatory practices by health plans, making it difficult to access care. This is particularly true for those living with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease.

The kidney community celebrated passage of the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, which allowed for both newly diagnosed and existing ESRD patients to enroll in Medicare Advantage starting in 2021. It made sense since MA plans are already available to everyone else enrolled in Medicare.

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