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As the administrator at DaVita’s Charles County Dialysis, my caregiving team, dialysis patients and I had the privilege during a recent visit by Congressman Steny Hoyer [“Hoyer pays clinic a visit, talks ACA fallout,” Maryland Independent, March 21] to share our concerns about Medicare cuts of 12 percent or $30 per dialysis treatment that took effect Jan. 1.

Dialysis is a lifeline for kidney failure patients — more than 80 percent of whom rely heavily on Medicare for their lifesaving dialysis treatment sessions, medications and additional services. These cuts are expected to seriously undermine the affordability, reliability and potentially the quality of dialysis care.

It is critical that Congress intervene immediately to ensure that Medicare reimbursement for dialysis care adequately covers the cost of care for the 60 White Plains-area patients we care for every day and the hundreds of thousands across the country who rely on dialysis for their survival.

We appreciated the time, interest and understanding Congressmen Hoyer gave our caregivers and patients during his visit, and I hope readers will contact the congressman to encourage him to support the dialysis patients in our community — our friends and neighbors who rely on dialysis to survive.



Susan Farrell, White Plains