American Kidney Fund Safety Net Grants
Effective November 1, 2013, the AKF Safety Net and Emergency Fund Programs will no longer accept NEW grant request applications for the remainder of 2013. For 2013, we have successfully processed and issued thousands of Safety Net Grants, maximizing our available budget. We have now reached our annual budget limit for this program after experiencing a very high volume of grant requests this year.
Safety Net and Emergency Fund Grant requests that were previously submitted to AKF, and were approved, will be awarded based on our processing schedule. Applications received prior November 1, 2013, will be considered; however, any outstanding documentation such as consent forms and receipts must be submitted within 30 days of the application submission date in order to be considered for approval.
Beginning January 2, 2014, we expect to begin accepting new grant applications for the Safety Net Program.
The American Kidney Fund is a charitable organization, and like all charities, we must make the best use of our resources to help as many patients as possible. Managing our budget resources wisely allows us to continue assisting the many patients who are in desperate need of help.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Patient Services Department at 1-800-795-3226.
Safety Net Grants Cover:
Treatment-specific expenses such as transportation costs to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines, medication co-payments, kidney donor expenses and other necessities such as dentures.
Nutritional products, and durable medical supplies. The American Kidney Fund has contracted with mail order pharmacies to provide medications and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants
Disaster relief assistance when catastrophic events strike dialysis patients’ communities. This program provides funds to help patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities lost because of disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.
The cost of dialysis while traveling. Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20% of treatment costs not covered by Medicare or any other source for emergency transient dialysis. Grants are limited to travel necessitated by death or serious illness in the family or for the purpose of kidney transplant workup only.