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Kidney Patient Organizations, Kidney Community Come Out in Support of Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Extension
Date:12/12/2007

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In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, KCP expressed a number of reasons to grant the extension, including: 1) the positive impact on patient care when private payers are incentivized to keep beneficiaries healthy; 2) that having an added year of responsibility for CKD patients would encourage private payers to develop protocols that address patient wellness, prevent hospitalizations and make dialysis safer and more efficient; 3) and that dialysis patients should be afforded the same rights as other patients in choosing how their care is financed.

The Renal Support Network, a patient organization of thousands of people with kidney disease, issued a letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow and the entire Senate Finance committee:

RSN supports the MSP Extension, citing its potential positive benefits to patients. These include extending patient choice and accessing the best quality of care possible, selecting the most comprehensive coverage and having the lowest out-of-pocket costs. It can also allow patients to maintain dependent family coverage and offer some patients access to disease management services that may improve outcomes and reduce overall costs.

In a letter sent to the Senate Finance Committee, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) writes:

H.R. 3162, the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act (CHAMP), as passed by the House, contained enhanced benefits for kidney patients. NKF understands the need for an offset in the current Pay-Go environment. Therefore, we reiterate NKF's longstanding decision to support extension of Medicare Secondary Payer, to 42 months, as proposed by the House, provided that the savings are dedicated to improvements to the Medicare ESRD program.

The American Kidney Fund writes in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee:

We understand the difficult budgetary challenges you and your colleagues face and recognize that new spending must be offset by cuts in other areas. We
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