My Comments to CMS for 2017 Proposed Rule for ESRD

August 23, 2016

Mr. Andy Slavitt

Acting Administrator

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Attention: CMS-1628-P

P.O. Box 8010

Baltimore, Maryland 21244-8010

Dear Mr. Slavitt

I am a 3 year home dialyzer. I would not be here, if it were not for home dialysis. Although I lived with failing kidneys for over 20 years, it was never my intention to start dialysis. At 65, I had achieved most of my bucket list, and was content to go in peace. I refused to live a life hooked up to a machine. However, when I finally crashed, I had so many obligations, including my 93 year old mother with dementia, that I could not afford the luxury of dying. So be it. Continue reading