The American Kidney Fund (AKF) provides treatment-related financial assistance to qualified kidney patients. This may be in the form of help with the cost of health insurance premiums, prescription drugs, or transportation cost for treatment. Available funds and eligibility requirements are constantly changing. At the time of last review, four types of programs were relevant to senior kidney patients.
1) Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) – pays premiums for Medicare Part B, Medicaid (in the states that charge a premium), commercial health plans, Medigap, and COBRA for dialysis patients who have End Stage Renal Disease and cannot afford their health coverage fees.
2) Safety Net Grants – provides dialysis patients or kidney transplant recipients financial help for care expenses not covered by health insurance and/or governmental programs.
3) Disaster Relief Grants – provides assistance in replacing prescriptions drugs, household items, and other necessities for kidney patients who have gone through a flood, tornado, or other community disaster.
4) Prescription Drug Grant – provides up to three months of prescription medication for dialysis patients who don’t have prescription drug coverage.
With all of these programs, patients must provide a documented medical history of their chronic kidney disease and of their financial need.