Letter: Medicare cuts jeopardize lifesaving treatments

To the editor:

Dialysis is a lifeline for kidney failure patients — more than 80 percent of whom rely heavily on Medicare to help pay for their life-saving dialysis care.

Yet, Medicare cuts issued late last year and implemented as of Jan. 1 will dramatically cut funding for dialysis necessary for the survival of hundreds of thousands of kidney failure patients across the country and here in Franklin — reducing payments for dialysis treatment sessions, medications and additional services by 12 percent or $30 per dialysis treatment.

As an administrator at DaVita’s Franklin Dialysis Center, my caregiving team, patients and I shared our concerns about these cuts with Rep. Todd Young who visited our facility recently to learn more about quality kidney care and the lives of the 28 patients we care for every day.

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