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Healthcare Reform Information for People Living with Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure

A new way to get insurance coverage launched Oct. 1 when the Health Insurance Marketplace opened.

The Health Insurance Marketplace can help if you don’t have insurance coverage, or if you have it but want to consider other options. To find your state’s Marketplace, click here.

For help applying for coverage and choosing a plan that meets your needs, the federal government offers many resources, including a toll-free call center, an online chat, and people in your local community who can answer your questions.

It’s important to note that most U.S. dialysis patients are already covered by Medicare. If you have Medicare, you should know that most things about Medicare won’t change, but there will be some enhanced benefits.

If you currently have other types of insurance, there are some important things to know. The federal government has information for people who already have job-based insurance.

One important aspect of healthcare reform has to do with pre-existing conditions. Insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge more to people who have pre-existing conditions.

To learn more details about healthcare reform, visit

Federal Government Resources on the ACA

Other Affordable Care Act Resources

Kaiser Family Foundation Video

Watch a video from the Kaiser Family Foundation that explains health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act.

“The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare,” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, accessed October 24, 2013,

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