American Kidney Fund President Responds to Assembly Passage of California AB 290


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 22, 2019)—American Kidney Fund (AKF) president and CEO LaVarne A. Burton issued the following statement after the California State Assembly voted to pass AB 290 (Wood), a bill that will harm thousands of low-income dialysis and transplant patients throughout California:

“We are extremely disappointed the California State Assembly voted in support of cutting off vital health care support for some of California’s neediest and sickest residents. The California ESRD patients who turn to the American Kidney Fund for charitable assistance in paying their health insurance premiums are already in dire financial straits, and AB 290 will destroy the safety net they depend on. If this bill becomes law, it will quickly force AKF to stop providing charitable premium assistance to patients in California.

“Now, the fate of health care assistance for thousands of low-income Californians rests in the hands of the State Senate. We sincerely hope the Senate will recognize just how high the stakes are for these patients and reject this legislation that helps no one but insurers, at the same time it causes great harm to patients.”

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling the nation’s low-income dialysis and transplant patients to access lifesaving medical care. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar, and GuideStar, which has awarded AKF its Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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