Funding cuts a fear of dialysis patients

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Randy Snyder has chronic renal disease; kidney failure as a result of diabetes.

Last week, the 36-year-old’s family received a letter that claims Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget would cut funding to the Chronic Renal Disease Program by 85 percent, from $7.9 million to $1.3 million.

“He might not be able to have his dialysis and dialysis is what’s keeping him alive,” said Kathy Snyder, Randy’s mother. “It would drastically change his life, if not end it.”

The governor’s office, however, says Wolf has only proposed to cut a subsidy for insurance companies that covers services related to chronic renal disease. It says the money just went to insurance companies, not to patients to help cover the costs of insurance, and people who currently have insurance coverage should still have coverage.

Wolf’s office said the proposed budget would continue to provide transportation services to get people to and from dialysis which is not covered by most insurance and the remaining population who does not have other insurance.

The governor’s office added that revisions are planned to eligibility requirements to serve individuals without health insurance and individuals who have health insurance without prescription drug coverage. It said the financial eligibility will remain unchanged and services provided will remain unchanged for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria.



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