Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
Subsection: Kidney Disease
The American Kidney Fund is the nation's #1 source of direct financial assistance to kidney patients, and provides education to those with and at risk for kidney disease.
The following direct financial assistance programs are offered by the American Kidney Fund to needy dialysis and kidney transplant patients nationwide. For further information about these and other programs please contact the social worker at your dialysis center.
- Through the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP), the American Kidney Fund pays Part B Medicare, Medigap, commercial, and COBRA premiums for dialysis patients who have insufficient income and savings. These premium payments allow patients to continue their health insurance coverage, enabling access to physician care and medical treatment. HIPP is funded 100% by voluntary contributions from dialysis providers. HIPP serves as a “last resort” source of financial assistance. Last year, more than 70,000 dialysis patients in the United States were able to maintain their insurance coverage thanks to grants from HIPP. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Patient Services Department at 1-800-795-3226.
- Safety Net Grants cover:
- Treatment-specific expenses such as transportation costs to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines, medication co-payments, kidney donor expenses and other necessities such as dentures.
- Nutritional products, and durable medical supplies. The American Kidney Fund has contracted with mail order pharmacies to provide medications and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants
- Disaster relief assistance when catastrophic events strike dialysis patients’ communities. This program provides funds to help patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities lost because of disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.
- The cost of dialysis while traveling. Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20% of treatment costs not covered by Medicare or any other source for emergency transient dialysis. Grants are limited to travel necessitated by death or serious illness in the family or for the purpose of kidney transplant workup only.
- Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Patient Assistance Programs. Through a partnership with Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Corporation, Renvela® and all formulations of Hectorol® are available to financially qualified dialysis patients who have no prescription drug coverage. Eligible patients may receive up to a three-month supply and if necessary, may reapply at the end of their grant period. The American Kidney Fund administers Sanofi Renal/Genzyme’s Renal Patient Assistance Programs. Assistance is made possible by a generous product donation from Sanofi Renal/Genzyme.
One application allows you to apply for Renvela® or Hectorol® Product. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year, https://www.renassist.com/Application-Assistant.
AKF Summer Enrichment Program. Every summer, children who are living with kidney disease enjoy the fun and friendship of going to camp just like other kids. Grants from the American Kidney Fund make these experiences possible. AKF’s Summer Enrichment Program provides financial assistance to help children with kidney disease attend camps of their choice. These programs offer all the fun of traditional camps, but they are also equipped with the facilities and personnel to handle the unique medical needs of these children, http://www.kidneyfund.org/financial-assistance/information-for-patients/...
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.