American Kidney Fund - Kidney Month
Thousands of low-income, mostly minority dialysis and transplant patients in California, stand to lose their health insurance if AB 290 becomes law.

If California Assembly Bill 290 becomes law, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) will no longer be able to help them with health insurance premiums they cannot afford.
 
If this happens, these patients will have to make tough choices between paying for their health insurance and paying for rent and food.They will have nowhere else to turn for help.
 
Without AKF’s charitable assistance, they will face crushing medical bills. Many will have no choice but to go without health coverage altogether and use emergency rooms for treatment.
 
AB 290 is a gift to insurance companies, who have long looked for ways to dump expensive dialysis and transplant patients from their rolls.
 
This is not right and it puts lives at risk. 
 
Californians need AKF. Please urge your California State Senators to vote NO on AB 290!
Virginia Abitia
Dialysis patient in Monterey Park
 
"Thank goodness for AKF. Even though I've had to work, they help me so much with my insurance. AKF impacts your life, it makes things easier. When you're struggling, and they're able to help, it takes a big burden off of you."
Some of California’s most vulnerable patients are at risk of losing their health coverage and key protections as critical legislation (AB 290) moves through the California Legislature. Protect kidney patients in California by contacting your Senator.
Russell Desmond
Dialysis patient in Sacramento
 
"Honestly, I shudder to think what would happen to me without the American Kidney Fund. I would probably end up  homeless because my Social Security doesn’t come close to paying my health costs."
AB 290 puts patients in the middle of disputes between insurers and dialysis providers, and the SEIU labor union and dialysis providers. We think it’s indefensible that the union and the health insurers are using patients as pawns, threatening patients’ insurance coverage as a tactic to win other battles.
Bernard Zachary
Dialysis patient in Modesto
 
"AKF has helped a great deal. It would be a shame for the legislature to take that away from the people who need it. AKF has been doing this for so long and is doing a good job. Patients need this to survive."
AB 290 conflicts with longstanding federal requirements that ensure the integrity of our Health Insurance Prememium Program (HIPP). Disclosure provisions in AB 290 will quickly force AKF to stop helping dialysis and transplant patients in California.
MORE VOICES FROM CALIFORNIA
“We have been receiving assistance from American Kidney Fund, AKF, since 2013. AKF has truly been a godsend for us and our family. Please help all of us that rely on the charity of others.”
– Paul, Montclair
“Without [AKF’s] help, many of us would have fewer days left, and more of us would end up in the dark and lonely life on the streets.”
– Mardel, Sacramento
Kidney disease has totally devastated my life. Only have Social Security to live on. Without [AKF’s HIPP program] I would not be able to make it.”
– Mona, Sacramento
“I have been on dialysis since March 2016, and I am grateful for the financial help from AKF. It’s been a struggle for myself and family members. Thank you very much.”
– Manuel, Fontana
“I have been on dialysis for 10 years and without the support of the American Kidney Fund, I probably would have died! We need their help and so do other people on dialysis.”
– Noel, Rancho Cordova