Patients Rising Now signed onto a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure calling for CMS to improve access to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Treatment for Medicare beneficiaries. CKD and other kidney-related disorders are very common in both Americans aged 65 and older and the population at large, totaling an estimated 37 million people. Despite the prevalence of CKD, Medicare beneficiaries still experience roadblocks that deny them access to screening and new treatments. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes these issues and has made it a stated goal to reduce the incidence of end stage renal disease by 25% by the year 2030. These goals are commendable, but the utilization of prior authorization and step therapy by Medicare Part D plan sponsors persist. We cannot allow our nation’s seniors to be denied the care they deserve when they need it most. We encourage CMS to do all it can to make the changes necessary to ensure strong access to care and we encourage everyone to read the letter.