The American Kidney Fund strongly supports The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742).
Our HIPP program pays insurance premiums of individuals with kidney failure who need financial assistance. Last year, AKF paid health insurance premiums for more than 79,000 U.S. dialysis patients, with most payments made directly to the insurers—a “third-party” process that keeps patients insured. The 2014 CMS IFR, which requires insures to accept third party payments from state and federal health programs, tribal programs, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (but does not require them to accept payments from nonprofits like AKF), is jeopardizing the health of thousands of low-income dialysis patients.
Introduced in October 2015 by Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND), The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742) would require insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces to accept premium assistance provided by nonprofit charitable organizations. There are currently 40 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Urge your elected officials to support this important legislation by visiting our online Action Center.