AKF has been helping low-income dialysis patients in
"Dialysis patients who are in nursing homes, or who don't have bank accounts, or who rely on family to manage their finances, are now forced to find a way to cash a grant check from AKF and try to pay their BCBS premiums on their own," Avila said. "For the seriously ill people AKF helps, this situation is a travesty."
"Our program helps low-income dialysis patients maintain their coverage, which helps keep the patient healthier and eliminates an enormous financial burden," said
Since BlueCross BlueShield stopped accepting AKF premium payments in July, scores of patients have expressed concern and dismay.
"I don't have a bank account and tried to use my mom's account to cash my first premium payment check from the
A patient from
Another patient from Wilson said, "My three-month AKF grant check to pay for my premium was
Burton said these challenges are unnecessary barriers for patients. "The
"We urge the
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