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Texas Kidney Community Expresses Hope DC Health Care Reform Debate Can Help Drive Continued Progress in Texas Opening Needed Dialysis Facilities
Date:9/8/2009

Texas Kidney Care Coalition: Additional Opening of 38 New Facilities Will Boost Local Jobs, Improve Patient Access to Care

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress reconvenes following an August recess period filled with wide-ranging local discussion of health care reform, the Texas kidney community expressed hope that the momentum and public desire for health care reform in Washington can help drive momentum and discussion in Texas about the vital need to open 38 end stage renal disease (ESRD) centers still sitting idle, which, if opened, will dramatically expand access to quality dialysis care and create good-paying local jobs.

Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison have led a bipartisan Texas congressional delegation letter-writing effort to officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington spotlighting the fact that many local dialysis facilities, through no fault of their own, were facing certification backlog delays of up to 18 months. "These delays cause severe challenges for Texas Medicare beneficiaries' access to care, as well as threaten the viability of these facilities as part of the Texas economy," warned their letter.

The lawmakers and CMS officials worked successfully with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), resulting in the recent initiation of the critical certification process necessary to open 22 new dialysis centers across the state. With additional facilities now accessible, patients can receive dialysis treatment closer to home, and at the time slot that works best for their schedule and lifestyle. Ultimately, this will enable patients to maximize their time, and better juggle their treatment, family and work commitments.

"We are hopeful that the enormous public interest in health care reform Texans witnessed over the summer at congressiona
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