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Big changes to how patients receive dialysis treatments paid for by Medicare could soon come to Alabama. Lawmakers in Washington are mulling over some major funding cuts that would specifically affect Medicare patients.

About 10,000 people in Alabama have kidney disease and more than 8,000 are on dialysis. Medicare covers the majority of those patients.

Those who provide treatments in Alabama and around the country say cuts could have a sharp impact on citizens. 

"Medicare barely covers the cost of complex dialysis treatments and any cuts to that would be devastating for some of our patients who are chronically ill. To have to accept reduced care or travel long distances for dialysis care which could be a hardship on them," says Jennifer Carter, director of operations at Fresenius Medical Care.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington will make a decision on the cuts of between 4-10% sometime in November.

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