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.
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.
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
If you are living with kidney failure in a community that has been struck by a flood, hurricane, tornado or other disaster, AKF may be able to help.
Our scholarship program provides support for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) living in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma to further their education or vocational training as part of an effort to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.
All of AKF's financial assistance programs are available to children who are living with kidney failure and whose household incomes qualify them for AKF assistance.
Medicare and some private insurance policies do not automatically include prescription drug coverage. If you do not enroll in Medicare Part D or in your private insurance company's prescription drug plan, you will need to pay out-of-pocket for any medicines your doctor prescribes.
AKF has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration to increase awareness of kidney disease among U.S. veterans and to support veterans who have been diagnosed with kidney disease.