113th Congress Kidney Legislation
Below is a list of kidney-related legislation that is currently being considered in the U.S. Congress. The current Congress (113th) began in January 2013 and will end in January 2015. For more information on these or any federal legislation please visit www.Congress.gov or contact the Government Relations team at (800) 638-8299 extension 7047.
S. 323/H.R. 1428: Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for extended months of Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant patients and other renal dialysis provisions.
Immunosuppressive drugs are drugs that prevent the body’s immune system from working as it normally would. These drugs are given to transplant patients to prevent the new organ from being rejected. Medicare currently only covers immunosuppressive drugs for non-disabled kidney transplant patients under the age of 65 for 36 months (3 years). This legislation would extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for these kidney transplant patients beyond 36 months by allowing kidney transplant patients to enroll in Medicare Part B for the sole purpose of immunosuppressive drug coverage.
S. 323Introduced 2/13/13; H.R. H.R. 1428 Introduced 4/9/13
Learn more about S. 323 / H.R. 1428