February 24, 2024

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Shield dialysis patientsfrom stunning payments

Final yr I wrote to you in regards to the stunning second when my younger daughter was identified with kidney failure. Fortunately, I used to be capable of be her part-time caregiver with the assistance of our major doctor via her dialysis remedy and the various well being challenges she confronted.

The very last thing dialysis sufferers ought to fear about is cash. That’s why I’m writing to you once more to share my concern a few latest U.S. Supreme Courtroom ruling that permits insurance coverage firms to weaken well being protection for dialysis sufferers and push them to Medicare earlier than the normal 30-month transition window.

Being compelled onto Medicare too quickly and abruptly receiving invoices charging 1000’s of {dollars} places an excessive amount of stress on new dialysis sufferers.

I’m urging members of Congress to assist the Restore Protections for Dialysis Sufferers Act. This invoice will permit sufferers to take care of their personal protection for your complete 30-month interval post-diagnosis.

Margaret HasanEl Cerrito

Cartoon solely servesto divide nation

I discovered your editorial cartoon within the Sunday Jan. 14, newspaper extraordinarily disrespectful to the residents of Iowa.

These are individuals who work very exhausting to place meals on the tables of Individuals and also you drew them as goofy rubes who’re really allowed to vote. How does that “convey our nation collectively”? Between that and disparaging feedback in regards to the dangerous Republicans who’re MAGA (like making America nice is someway one thing to be ridiculed) supporters and white supremacists.

I assumed Joe Biden was going to convey our nation collectively. He has achieved nothing however divide it.

Kim CrowDanville

Masks mandates, thoughimperfect, have been wanted

The COVID-19 pandemic, spanning over three years, has prompted reflection on interventions like mask-wearing.

Whereas masks are efficient, mandates’ efficacy varies as a result of points like noncompliance and incorrect utilization. A 2021 research in the US confirmed states with excessive masks adherence had decrease COVID-19 charges, emphasizing adherence’s significance. Incorrect masks utilization, prevalent regardless of excessive masks adoption, hampers effectiveness. Inconsistent enforcement, discomfort and public resistance additional undermine mandates.

Overcoming these challenges requires strict laws, uniform insurance policies and widespread training on appropriate masks utilization. Regardless of vaccination advances, well-executed masks mandates stay essential in potential future outbreaks, providing a useful protection when vaccines aren’t instantly obtainable.

Shawn TranSacramento

Immigration unitesDemocrat, conservative

Re: “Immigrants aren’t poison; they’re America’s lifeblood” (Web page A9, Jan. 7).

In Marc A. Thiessen’s column, he addresses the necessity and historical past of immigrants on this nation. His phrases, “Our nation doesn’t have a singular bloodline to be poisoned. Individuals can hint their roots to each nook of the planet. … We’re the primary in human historical past not constructed on blood and soil, however on an thought.”

This rings true to me as President Biden additionally mentioned in his speech at Valley Forge on Jan. 5: the US is constructed on an thought. I’m happy to say, I agree with each Marc A. Thiessen and President Biden.

Virginia KampBerkeley

Police are pivotalfor a peaceable society

Re: “The secretary of protection can’t simply go AWOL” (Web page 6, Jan. 11).