Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Advocacy and policy

Putting patients first before insurance companies

People of mixed races
Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

We have been writing about the vital role of charitable third-party payments of insurance premiums for low-income kidney patients through the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) because insurers are lobbying for public policies that would deny this kind of assistance. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy

Fighting for the insurance rights of ESRD patients

Dialysis machine
Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: AKF programs, Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure

Third-party payment for kidney patient insurance premiums – it is about patient rights

Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

People who have chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, HIV or kidney disease have always been challenged when it comes to insurance coverage. There was a time when insurance companies could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, so when people needed insurance the most —when they got really ill and needed care—they didn’t have it. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy

AKF Advocates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill

American Kidney Fund advocates on Capitol Hill
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

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. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney disease prevention

Meet Advocate Audrey Adamson

Audrey Adamson, a patient-advocate with the American Kidney Fund
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Meet Audrey Adamson, a patient-advocate with the American Kidney Fund, who in March joined us for our annual Kidney Action Day on Capitol Hill. Audrey is one of many inspirational advocates in the American Kidney Fund's Advocacy Network who is raising awareness for kidney disease research and prevention. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease

Give the Gift of Life: National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Anthony Brown and his mother, a kidney donor and a kidney recipient
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Among minorities, the need for kidney transplants is disproportionately high, so donations are essential. Anthony Brown, a patient-advocate with American Kidney Fund, shared his story about donating one of his kidneys to his mother last year on World Kidney Day. Anthony is one of many inspirational advocates in the American Kidney Fund network who has donated a kidney to a friend or family member. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Saving a Life: My Kidney Donation Story

Author: Anthony Brown  |  Posted:

Last year on World Kidney Day, when I was 25 years old, I donated my left kidney to my mother. In my experience, donating a kidney to my mother was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The reality is you only need one kidney to survive. And for most kidney patients, a kidney transplant is a chance for a better life. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
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