AB 290 pits state law
against federal rules
Re: “Dialysis industry fear tactics harm vulnerable patients” (Opinion section, Mercurynews.com, Nov. 15):
For 22 years, the nonprofit American Kidney Fund has operated a national program to help kidney failure patients afford their health coverage. We built our 100% needs-based program to comply with federal rules so that we could operate across all 50 states.
Assemblyman Wood’s recent commentary, casting blame on AKF, is simply misguided. The truth is simple: AB 290 pits state law against the federal rules we follow. We can’t operate in California under this bill — doing so would jeopardize our national program serving 75,000 patients.
We have asked the courts to throw the bill out. We continue to fight for our California grant recipients, stepping into the void left by legislators who passed a bad bill and now see it more important to sling mud than serve their constituents.
LaVarne A. Burton
President and CEO
American Kidney Fund
Letter: We can’t help kidney failure patients in California under this bill