There are many costs that come with getting a kidney transplant, beyond the transplant surgery itself. Before you begin your transplant journey, it is important to understand what costs your insurance policy covers, and what costs you and your family will need to pay. Two kidney transplant experts from the University of Michigan Transplant Center, Cindy Samoray and Colleen Satarino, will teach you how to find out what your insurance policy covers, so that you can be prepared now and in the future. 

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Please note that certificates of attendance are available only to health professionals who attend the live airing of the webinar.

By the end of this 60-minute educational webinar, you will understand:

  • How to find out what kidney transplant-related costs your insurance company covers, ESRD Medicare benefits, and what other options you have;
  • The importance of life-long health and prescription drug coverage after your transplant;
  • What lifestyle changes you may need to make to be able to get and keep a new kidney.

Please note: This webinar is free and open to everyone. It is best suited for those facing kidney disease, their families, and their friends. While CEUs will not be provided, professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Speaker: Cindy Samoray

Cindy Samoray has worked with the University of Michigan Health System for more than 28 years as a liaison between providers, patients, and insurance companies. Throughout the decades, she has worked in a variety of specialty areas, including answering billing questions via telephone customer service, as well as in patient accounts for both medical and mental health services. Her focus for the last 13 years has been exclusively on kidney transplant.

While Cindy has studied general business and, more recently, journalism at Washtenaw Community College, she has gained the necessary knowledge and skill in the world of hospital/medical insurance processes via years of hands on experience. Cindy now works with all patients referred for kidney transplant evaluation, confirming insurance coverage and viability to have services at UMHS Transplant Center, re-directing if required, obtaining authorization and providing insurance education to all patients on evaluation day.  This education covers general aspects of insurance coverage, the necessity to maintain medical and prescription coverage throughout the evaluation and listing stage and beyond the transplant event itself. In addition to advising people coming to UMHS, she is a panel speaker at Explore Transplant, an in-service program designed for dialysis units and has presented at UMHS’ State of the Art: Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation CME program. 

Cindy’s goal is to help people make the best use of their current coverage, understand their future options and the importance of being one’s own advocate as they explore evaluation, time on the waiting list, and preparing for the transplant and life beyond.

Speaker: Colleen Satarino

Colleen Satarino is a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Transplant Center in the adult kidney/pancreas transplant program. Colleen received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University. Colleen has been a part of the University of Michigan transplant social work team for 10 years and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker through the Society of Transplant Social Workers. For the past two years, Colleen has served in a dual role providing both clinical social work services as well as providing dialysis outreach support through strengthening relationships with dialysis social workers and providing transplant in-services for dialysis staff.