Letter from ANNA to the Senate Finance Committee requesting their support for extension of the Medicare Secondary Payer program as provided in the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act of 2007

The Honorable Max Baucus
Chairman
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
219 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Grassley
Ranking Member
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
219 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Baucus and Grassley:

On behalf of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) I am writing to thank you for your efforts on the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. ANNA believes reforming this program is necessary, including extending the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) program.   

ANNA is a professional nursing organization of more than 12,000 registered nurses practicing in nephrology. ANNA members are intimately involved in the supervision and delivery of care to adults and children with kidney disease.  Our members work in a variety of settings including dialysis facilities, transplant centers, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) clinics, acute care, ambulatory clinics, and long term care. ANNA’s purpose is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence. 

As you know, the House of Representatives addressed ESRD issues in the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act of 2007. One provision in the CHAMP Act would extend MSP in the ESRD by 12 months for large group health plans with more than 100 enrollees. The extension of MSP to 42 months is a central component of the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act of 2007.

An extension of MSP raises necessary revenue for critical reforms within the ESRD program. ANNA feels that it is important to extend MSP by 12 months. If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance to you or your staff on kidney disease, nursing, or related matters, please do not hesitate to contact me, or our Washington representative, Jim Twaddell at (202) 230-5130 or james.twaddell@dbr.com.

Sincerely,

Sandy Bodin, MA, RN, CNN
President
American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

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               Senator Jeff Bingaman
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               Senator Blanche L. Lincoln
               Senator Ron Wyden
               Senator Charles E. Schumer
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