House passes Medicare Advantage bill for ESRD patients

Published by Nephrology News & Issues

The U.S. House has passed the ESRD Choice Act of 2016 (H.R. 5659). The bill, introduced in July by Representatives Jason Smith, R-Mo., John Lewis, D-Ga., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Tom Marino, R-Pa., would remove current government rules and restrictions that prevent end-stage renal disease patients from participating in Medicare Advantage plans.

“We believe giving ESRD patients the choice to access MA plans will help reduce costs to the health care system in the long run,” said Kidney Care Partners Chair Franklin Maddux, MD.

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