Thanks Claire, I have been reading a lot about dialysis lately and trying to learn more about it. It sure takes a lot out of people. It does save lives. I did see this article myself, and it is a good one. C
Im starting to take control of my life today. I will take care of me, love my self., be good to my self, I am strong, i can do this.
From an email I received from the National Kidney Foundation:
Congress has introduced legislation to help kidney transplant recipients maintain access to immunosuppresive drugs. This is a high legislative priority for the National Kidney Foundation because improving access to these drugs helps transplant recipients protect the viability of their new kidney.
Kidney transplant recipients who are eligible for Medicare due to irreversible kidney failure, but who are not Medicare-aged or Medicare-disabled, lose their Medicare three years after the transplant. This legislation would continue access to Medicare indefinitely, but would cover anti-rejection medications only. All other Medicare would end after three years for kidney recipients, as under current law.
Medicare covers life-saving dialysis for most Americans, regardless of their age, with no time limit. However, if they are under age 65 or are not Medicare-disabled (receiving Social Security Disability Income), their Medicare eligibility ends 36 months after the transplant. Kidney recipients are then forced to find new coverage for immunosuppressive medications that are necessary to help reduce the risk of losing the kidney.
The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013 (Senate Bill number S.323 and House Bill number H.R.1325) will extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for the life of the kidney transplant. Please click here
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