As someone who suffers from kidney failure, I know first-hand the impact this horrible disease has on not only myself, but on family and friends. One of the biggest non-health related impacts that has come with my diagnosis is the financial reality of hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatments just to stay alive. But I’ve been lucky in that I was able to find a charity to help with my insurance premiums, but that could all change soon.

During the Obama administration, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) passed a regulation impacting those with my disease. Targeting those of us with kidney failure and charity assistance, CMS allowed insurance companies to deny those of us that get charity help to pay our premiums. The end result is that insurance companies are able to unload expensive patients — even though we pay our premiums on time — and many of us get pushed onto Medicaid at the expense of taxpayers.

Luckily, a bipartisan bill has been introduced that would put an end to these heartless attacks. The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act had over 140 co-sponsors from both parties last year. This bill would stop the insurance companies from targeting those of us that get charity help and ensure we’re treated like everyone else. Please, Speaker Ryan and Sen. Johnson, support this important legislation.

Steve Detrie

Caledonia

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