Concern About Cuts to Renal Disease Funding

LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Kidney disease patients are concerned about their future medical bills. 

Under the budget that Governor Tom Wolf presented, there could be a big hit to the dialysis industry.

The proposed budget includes a reduction of more than 80-percent for the state chronic renal disease program.
     Patients say medication and treatment costs are already high.

    And renal specialists are worried about what will happen to the quality of care if prices increase even more.

Governor Wolf's proposed budget would cut funding from 7.9 million dollars to 1.3 million.

  The governor's office says the proposed cut would be for insurance companies.
     Saying that people who currently have insurance coverage would still be covered.


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