Jun 19

Dialysis Dispute Targets Billing, Health

by Lisa Renner, Capitol Weekly


Dialysis patient Mike Adames is grateful for the premium assistance he receives from the American Kidney Fund to stay on his Kaiser insurance plan. The Madera patient says he likes his Kaiser doctor and has no desire to switch to publicly funded Medicare, even though he qualifies. But if Senate Bill 1156 is approved, Adames likely wouldn’t get that choice. The bill would require that patients like him receiving third-party assistance would either need to enroll in Medicare or Medi-Cal (for those who are low income), or if they choose to stay on private insurance, they will only receive reimbursement at Medicare or Medi-Cal’s much lower rates.

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