Get assistance

Ensuring that U.S. kidney patients are able to access the health care and tools they need to survive and thrive has been the heart of the American Kidney Fund's mission since our founding more than 50 years ago. Our need-based financial assistance programs help patients with health insurance premiums, transportation costs, prescription medications, and many other necessities related to health care. And, our medically-reviewed education resources help people prevent and manage their kidney disease.

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 63,000 individuals, foundations and corporations who support our independent, nonprofit work with charitable donations.

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Help with insurance premium payments

If you have kidney failure but are unable to afford the cost of your health insurance premiums, AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) may be able to help you pay for your premiums through grants. 

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Safety Net Grant Program

Our Safety Net Grant Program provides grants to help people with health care expenses that are not covered by insurance. Typical expenses include the cost of transportation to and from dialysis, over-the-counter medicines, co-payments and other needs, for example, dentures.

Learn more about our other assistance programs