By Willie Griffin
May 23, 2020
(Mercury News & East Bay Times) -
After being diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in 2014, I’ve experienced dialysis treatments at home, in a clinic, and have even traveled with my dialysis equipment.
While dialysis created a lot of anxiety for me at first, I have had the benefit of working with an excellent treatment team that is sensitive to my needs as a patient and ensures my treatments are tailored.
Congress is working on a bill that can help dialysis patients benefit from care coordination like I have.
The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act — also known as the BETTER Kidney Care Act — will enable doctors to work together on a patient’s treatments while offering benefits that aren’t accessible through Medicare.
Dialysis requires adjustment. The whole process is made easier when patients have a coordinated treatment plan aligned to their needs.
By supporting this bill, Rep. Barbara Lee and the other members of Congress from California can help to ensure they do.
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