Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Advocacy and policy

State legislators who have donated kidneys stand up to protect living donors

Author: Melanie Kahn  |  Posted:

In our work to increase kidney transplants through living organ donation, we’ve met inspirational allies in state legislatures around the country. In 2019, we worked to introduce legislation to protect living donors in 14 states—and nine of those passed the legislation! READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant

AKF Advocates take to the Hill on World Kidney Day

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

On World Kidney Day 2018, 24 kidney patients, caregivers and loved ones from 14 states joined the American Kidney Fund (AKF) on Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to protect living organ donors and ensure that low-income kidney patients continue to have access to health insurance, even if they need charitable assistance to afford it. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: AKF programs, Advocacy and policy, News

Putting patients first before insurance companies

Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

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

Fighting for the insurance rights of ESRD patients

Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

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

Third-party payment for kidney patient insurance premiums – it is about patient rights

Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

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
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