Blog Posts: Advocacy & Policy

Fighting for the insurance rights of ESRD patients LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted
Dialysis machine

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will investigate possible inappropriate efforts by providers of dialysis services to steer patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid into insurance plans paid for by third parties. We think this is an important issue and we fully support the effort to make sure that there is no room for undue influence over patients in choosing their insurance.

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AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill AKF Staff  |  Posted
American Kidney Fund advocates on Capitol Hill

Last week, to kick off National Kidney Month, American Kidney Fund (AKF) patient-advocates from around the country came to Washington to educate their elected officials about the financial challenges kidney patients experience, and to urge lawmakers to put an end to discriminatory practices among some health insurers.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Kidney Disease Deanna Power  |  Posted
Deanna Power, community outreach manager for Social Security Disability Help

Kidney disease causes expensive, painful and debilitating complications that prevent many patients from working and earning an income. To support people in this difficult situation, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits as a financial resource.

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New Kidney Allocation Policy Goes into Effect Dec. 4 Richard Formica, M.D.  |  Posted
Dr. Richard Formica, M.D., chair of the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee

UNOS is adjusting its kidney allocation policy to better account for the biologic needs of people with immune system sensitivity and maximize the use of kidneys. In his Kidney Today blog post, Richard Formica, M.D., chair of the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee, explains the new criteria.

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