by Andrew Fullerton, Government Relations Manager
Thanks to the efforts of the entire renal community in Pennsylvania, the state legislature made a significant improvement by restoring nearly all of the funding Governor Wolf proposed to cut from the Chronic Renal Disease Program (CRDP). Instead of the more than 80% reduction, or $6.6 million, cut proposed by the Governor, the state legislature would cut CRDP by 12%, or $1 million.
Because of the outreach by our advocates, more than 1,750 letters, tweets, and calls were received. The renal community showed the impact that the proposed cuts would have to Pennsylvanians with kidney failure and made an amazing difference for these patients.
CRDP is a vital program that provides reimbursement for transportation to dialysis and prescription drug coverage – including post-transplant immunosuppressant drug coverage – and medical coverage as a payor of last resort.
This proves the importance of advocating on behalf of kidney disease patients – to learn more about how you can be an advocate for those with kidney disease, please click here. Thank you again supporting those who made this victory possible!