Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.
Five years ago I learned that my kidneys had failed and I would need to start dialysis to survive. Soon after, I found myself dealing with the sudden death of my mother. Dealing with these two sudden, devastating events at the same time was very challenging and I wasn’t sure how to make things work. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure
We have been writing about the vital role of charitable third-party payments of insurance premiums for low-income kidney patients through the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) because insurers are lobbying for public policies that would deny this kind of assistance. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Advocacy and policy
Kaiser Health News recently reported on new research that provides a fresh perspective on the importance of preventive care, early detection and access to nephrologists in improving outcomes for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). READ MORE >>TOPICS: News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure
Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will investigate possible inappropriate efforts by providers of dialysis services to steer patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid into insurance plans paid for by third parties. We think this is an important issue and we fully support the effort to make sure that there is no room for undue influence over patients in choosing their insurance. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure
People who have chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, HIV or kidney disease have always been challenged when it comes to insurance coverage. There was a time when insurance companies could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, so when people needed insurance the most —when they got really ill and needed care—they didn’t have it. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Advocacy and policy
Ever since I was four years old, I have been living with kidney failure. My experiences led me to pursue a master’s degree and become a Child Life Specialist—someone who normalizes the hospital environment for children and their families. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living, Kidney failure