Saturday, July 6, 2013

Financial Help for Kidney Patients

The costs of care for kidney disease--long running and chronic--can be financially debilitating.  There are some sources of help.

One is the American Kidney Fund, which has a patient assistance program that helps with the expense of insurance premiums, medicine and treatment-related expenses.

Another is the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, which runs several programs.  One is for small emergency grants (no more than $100 per year) for unexpected emergency expenses. The patient's social worker should contact the foundation at 212.629.9770 or 800.633.6628.  There are also scholarship and career development-related funds.  

You can also see if your state has a kidney assistance program at this site, which list state government programs for kidney patients.

The National Kidney Foundation lists some other resources.  Also, check the right-hand side of the page to find your local or state kidney organization, which may have local resources.

If there are other costs for drugs for which you have no insurance, remember that the Partnership for Prescription Assistance can inform you about prescription drugs that the uninsured may be eligible to receive.  See their site or call 1-888-477-2669 to find out if you are eligible. 

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