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I am one of the more than half-million people that suffer from kidney failure in this nation. The financial and emotional toll that kidney failure takes on those of us it impacts is hard to describe. With massive medical bills, constant fatigue and countless hours receiving dialysis, most of us are unable to continue to hold full-time employment and maintain the life we knew before. Luckily, to this point, those of us with kidney failure have been blessed with the ability to get Medicare coverage and private insurance to help supplement the tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs after Medicare. But that could all change.

Insurance companies have been trying to lobby Washington to be able to kick those of us with kidney failure off our plans even if we are making our premium payments on time. Their target is the private charity assistance that some of us have to help with our premiums. Yes, insurance companies are actually attempting to kick some of us off our insurance because a private charity is kind enough to help us with our medical bills.

Luckily a bill with massive bipartisan support has been introduced in Congress. The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act would end these attacks on our insurance coverage. Speaker Ryan and all members of Congress should support this bill and protect those of us who have already lost so much.

Jerome Lemke

Racine

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