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

More minority organ donors are needed

Author: Clive O. Callender, M.D.  |  Posted:

National Minority Awareness Day has since become National Minority Awareness Week, and we observe it the first week of August every year. This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. The number one problem in transplantation remains the shortage of organs. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living, Kidney transplant

Summertime is for vacations—even if you’re on dialysis

Author: Sandra M. Lauriat, M.D., FACP  |  Posted:

Summertime is here and if you are like most people, you are ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. Vacation anyone? But what if you are a dialysis patient? Can you still take a vacation? The answer is an absolute, positive, without a doubt YES!!! All it takes is a little planning and preparation, so let’s get started… READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living, Kidney failure

5 things you should know if you want a kidney transplant

Author: Elaine Milem  |  Posted:

As a patient services advocate who works with potential transplant recipients at a major hospital, I spend a lot of time correcting misperceptions and educating patients about what they need to do to get on the transplant list. As a kidney transplant recipient, I have a lot of “inside knowledge” that I readily share with anyone who will listen. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
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