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4.20.17 California resident Carl Riddle relies on getting dialysis treatment at night. The treatment filters toxins out of his blood because his kidneys can’t. With hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering from kidney failure, many rely on dialysis to survive, and nocturnal service is something that allows many - including Riddle - to keep working during the day. But a bill in the California Senate would force dialysis centers to offer fewer shifts, possibly ending the availability of nocturnal dialysis services. “[SB] 349 is trying to solve a problem that simply isn’t there,” Riddle recently told Nephrology News. “The quality of my care is great and this bill would have a negative impact on my lifestyle." Here are three reasons that Senate Bill 349 poses grave consequences for kidney patients in California. 1. SB 349 is about unions wanting to organize employees – not about patient safety. 2. SB 349 would increase the cost of services. discriminate against dialysis patients because of the high cost of their ongoing treatment. Everything we know from past experience indicates that adding more cost, especially when it isn't needed, will have negative consequences for patients. 3. SB 349 would harm access to services and care that patients need to survive. American Association of Kidney Patients. Past stories on the news illustrate this as well. We hope the California Legislature will protect patients’ access to health care and true safety needs – not a unionization effort at their expense.