AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program has re-opened in California

Judge David Carter in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has granted AKF's request for an emergency injunction on AB 290. The injunction prevents AB 290 from becoming law on January 1, 2020 pending a trial. 

This is a huge step in the right direction but not the last step. While the law is on hold, the American Kidney Fund is able to continue HIPP assistance in California for all patients.

What this means for you:

  • HIPP has re-opened to all patients in California for 2020.
  • If you have been receiving HIPP assistance from AKF, you may immediately resume submitting requests for 2020 grant assistance.
  • New applicants from California may once again submit applications for assistance.

Below you will find the most recent updates on AB 290, resources for our California grant recipients, and answers to frequently asked questions. Keep checking back on this page for updates on our fight against AB 290.

Most recent updates on AB 290

We are continuing to look at every possible option to continue fighting this law. Keep checking back for updates.

December 30, 2019
A federal judge in California has granted a preliminary injunction preventing AB 290 from becoming law on January 1, 2020. This allows AKF to continue to provide charitable premium assistance while we work to defeat AB 290 permanently. (Read our statement)

November 2, 2019
Two California kidney patients along with the American Kidney Fund and Dialysis Patient Citizens have filed a federal lawsuit, Doe vs. Becerra, against the state of California. On constitutional grounds, our suit seeks to overturn AB 290. (Learn more)

October 13, 2019
Governor Newsom signed AB 290 into law (Read our response)

September 13, 2019
Bill presented to Governor Newsom for signature or veto

September 10, 2019
AB 290 passed in Assembly 46-15

September 09, 2019
AB 290 passed in Senate 21-19

September 05, 2019
AB 290 amended in Senate

July 10, 2019
AB 290 amended in Senate

June 25, 2019
AB 290 amended in Senate

May 17, 2019
AB 290 amended in Assembly

March 5, 2019
AB 290 amended in Assembly

January 28, 2019
AB 290 introduced by Assemblymember Wood (Coauthor: Senator Leyva)

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California dialysis and transplant patient resource guide

The following resource guide provides a listing of some California organizations, as well as local and state programs, that provide help to dialysis and transplant patients. Please contact them directly for specific information about eligibility and availability.  Please note that AKF is only affiliated with its own charitable assistance programs.

NEW: The California Department of Managed Health Care is providing important information about 2020 health coverage options for AKF HIPP grant recipients in California, including phone numbers you can call for assistance. 

Coverage Options (English)

Coverage Options (Espanol)

Financial assistance

The following organizations provide direct financial assistance or have resources about financial assistance for dialysis and transplant patients.

American Kidney Fund

Safety Net Program ($100 per year)

Provides grants to qualified dialysis or transplant patients for many health care expenses that are not covered by insurance. Some costs include transportation to and from dialysis, medications, co-payments, kidney donor, and transplant expenses

Phone: 1-800-795-3226

www.kidneyfund.org/financial-assistance/

Kidney and Urology Foundation

Patient emergency grants: one $100 grant per patient per year for emergency situations only

Phone: 1800-633-6628

www.kidneyurology.org

Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation

Inpatient hospital financial assistance

Phone: 781-356-4300

www.rtmaf.org

Realm of Caring Foundation, Inc.

Provides financial assistance for alternative therapies not covered by insurance to Colorado or California residents

Phone: 719-347-5400

www.theroc.us

United Way

Local resource referral guide

Phone: Dial  211

Support groups and treatment center resources

The follow organizations provide resources and referrals for ESRD-related matters, including support groups.

ESRD Network#17 Southern California Renal Disease Council

  • Assists with resolution of treatment center grievances
  • Assists in identifying treatment options for patients
  • Provides case consultation
  • Assists with navigating the involuntary discharge/transfer process

Phone: 1-800-232-3773

www.hsag.com/esrdnetwork17

ESRD Network#18 Southern California Renal Disease Council

•    Assists with resolution of treatment center grievances
•    Assists in identifying treatment options for patients
•    Provides case consultation
•    Assist with navigating the involuntary discharge/transfer process

Phone: 1-888-268-1539

www.esrdnetwork18.org

Support group - American Association of Kidney Patient (AAKP)

Provides information regarding renal support groups by city with details/contact information

aakp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Support-Groups-California.pdf

Support group - UCSD Kidney Transplant Support Group

Provides support for the pre- and post-renal transplant patient at meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month

Phone: 1-858-657-7729

www.health.ucsd.edu

Federal, state and local healthcare resources 

Federal, state and community health centers that provide health services and access to health insurance

Community Health Centers (CHC)

Provides primary care services and comprehensive programs to promote health.

Phone: 1-805.346.3900

www.communityhealthcenters.org/en/services.html

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) - Find a health center

Health center search engine

findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

Medi-Cal

Public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low income individuals with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women and specific diseases

www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/pages/default.aspx

Medicare

Kidney patients may become entitled to Medicare based on ESRD. Benefits on the basis of ESRD are for all covered services, not only those related to kidney failure.

1-800-MEDICARE

Medicare.gov

Community fundraising resources

The following for-profit crowdfunding platforms allow people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.

GoFundMe

Guide for creating GoFundMe fundraiser:

https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001992627-Creating-a-GoFundMe-From-Start-to-Finish

SupportFul

www.supportful.com

WeFundThem

www.wefundthem.com

Fundly

www.fundly.com

Medication and nutritional supplement assistance

The following resources provide reduced or no-cost financial assistance for medications and/or nutritional supplements.

Abbot Laboratories/AbbVie products

Provides assistance with the following products:

  • Ensure
  • Glucerna
  • Nepro
  • Gengraf® (cyclosporin)
  • Zemplar®

Phone: 1- 800-222-6885

www.abbvie.com/patients/patient-assistance.html

www.zemplar.com/zemplar-cost-savings.aspx

Amgen

Provides assistance with the following products:

  • Aranesp®
  • Epogen®
  • Sensipar®

Phone: 1- 800-272-9376

www.amgenassistonline.com

Health Well Foundation

Direct assistance for: co-pays, premiums, deductibles, money to patient c/o insurer, pharmacy or provider

Phone: 800-675-8416

www.needymeds.org

Needy Meds

Resource referral regarding: patient assistance programs, free/low-cost clinics, disease-based assistance, state programs, drug discount cards

Phone: 800-503-6897

www.needymeds.com

Educational resources

The following organizations provide comprehensive educational resources about kidney disease, transplantation and organ donation.

American Kidney Fund

Provides resources for dialysis and transplant patients regarding kidney disease, dietary needs, financial assistance, clinical trials, educational webinars, dialysis and transplantation, and kidney donation.

Phone: 1-800-795-3226

www.kidneyfund.org

NKF of Southern California

Provides resources for dialysis and transplant patients.

Phone:1- 818-783-8153

www.kidneysocal.org

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Frequently Asked Questions about AB 290

What is the current status of AB 290?

  • AKF filed a federal lawsuit challenging AB 290 in November. On Dec. 30, a federal judge issued an emergency injunction preventing AB 290 from becoming law. This means AKF can resume our HIPP program in California while the law is on hold.

Is AKF grant assistance available to all patients in California now?

  • Yes. With this emergency injunction AKF is able to keep HIPP open for all patients in California who cannot afford the cost of their health insurance premiums. We have resumed accepting applications from new applicants and sending out grant assistance to our existing program enrollees.

Does the injunction overturn AB 290?

  • No. The injunction is an important first step in our legal challenge to AB 290. The injunction is an emergency measure that prevents AB 290 from becoming law on January 1, 2020 pending a trial on the merits of our case. A trial has not yet been scheduled.
  • This injunction is a huge step in the right direction but not the last step. While the law is on hold, we are able to continue HIPP assistance in California for all patients.



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