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American Kidney Fund Safety Net Grants

The American Kidney Fund Safety Net Grant program helps dialysis patients who are in need of assistance with treatment-related expenses that insurance does not cover. In 2014, generous contributions from our supporters nationwide allowed the American Kidney Fund to provide Safety Net Grants to 11,000 patients.  

We provide Safety Net Grants to patients who have exhausted all other means of assistance, have demonstrated financial need, and are able to document their treatment-related expense with a receipt. The maximum grant amount is $100.

If you have any questions, please contact our Patient Services Department at 1.800.795.3226 or email

What do American Kidney Fund Safety Net Grants cover?

Patients may use American Kidney Fund Safety Net Grants for a variety of purposes:

Treatment-specific expenses: We help patients pay for transportation to reach dialysis; over-the-counter medicines; medication co-payments; and other necessities, such as dentures.

Nutritional products, and durable medical supplies: We have contracted with mail-order pharmacies to provide nutritional supplements and supplies at discount prices, thereby increasing the purchasing power of patients’ grants.

Kidney donor expenses: We can provide assistance with a one-time grant of up to $100 to assist with the donor’s out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, lost wages and lodging.

The cost of dialysis while traveling: Patients or facilities may be reimbursed for the 20 percent 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.

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