Ensuring that U.S. kidney patients are able to afford their medical expenses has been the heart of the American Kidney Fund’s mission since our founding nearly 50 years ago. Our need-based programs help patients with health insurance premiums, transportation costs, prescription medications, and many other necessities related to health care. With the support of the generous American public, we’ve helped more than 1.5 million patients since 1971. We provide this assistance as funding becomes available, and we are grateful to the 61,000 individuals, foundations and corporations who support our independent, nonprofit work with charitable donations.

Information for patients

If you are living with kidney failure (also called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD) and you can’t afford your health care expenses, the American Kidney Fund may be able to help. We provide assistance with health insurance premiums, transportation costs, prescription medications, and other expenses related to care. Learn more about our assistance programs for patients and how to apply.

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Information for social workers

The American Kidney Fund manages its grant application process through the online Grants Management System (GMS). To help your patients apply for assistance from our Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP), Safety Net program, prescription drug programs, disaster relief and grants for children, you will need to register in GMS, where you can download grant program guidelines and information. Click here to enter GMS. 

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Contact the American Kidney Fund’s HelpLine by phone or email to get answers to your questions about our grant programs. We also have information about kidney health. You can fill out this form or call us at 1.866.300.2900.

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