Action Needed: Insurers Take Aim & Try To End Charitable Financial Assistance For CKD & Dialysis Patients

I don’t really circulate petitions unless I feel they fight a real credible threat to someone else.

When I say I’m in recovery from my job, I’m only half joking about that.

My employer & the self-funded insurance market was a hell of a lot more fair & equitable than most of the major players in the fully insured health insurance sector that most of us are used to dealing with.  There are things I miss about working in it, but definitely others I don’t.

Because we had to report results & answers to multiple entities (employers, insurance network partners, subscribers alike) & had to account for everything, there was more transparency than what most employers get from standard (or fully insured plans).

I see this even my own company insurance.

I learned how the health insurance market works overall over the past 3 or more years (still continue to) & I’m glad I did.

I’ve been in a better position to successfully navigate the bureaucratic end of transplant as it comes up than I would have been without that experience.

There are many things that I don’t agree with but understand about the industry itself.

In fairness, I also didn’t fully grasp what happened behind the scenes (or otherwise) until I was there doing the daily grind & saw it in action myself.

For me, it’s conflicting at times.

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Evaluation: Ready Or Not; Here I Come

This HealthDay article really struck a cord when I read it.  It’s not only the kidney population that sometimes has issues with the process of when to refer or list, it’s other organs too.  But it’s compelling food for thought for patients and professionals, as transplantation is a treatment, but not a cure.  They are also costly, but overall may be less costly than other long-term interventions that don’t offer many of the benefits & the possible quality of life improvements that transplants do.  As I was reading that article, certain paragraphs resonated with me, but as much as we try and contribute this to a professional issue of late referrals, I personally believe there’s more to it.

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