Financial Assistance 

Financial Assistance

Being diagnosed with kidney disease not only brings with it a variety of emotions, but also financial obligation, many of which are difficult for patients to meet. Many patients typically face daunting financial challenges over the years as some patients are forced to give up their job due to this chronic illness. However, those that continue to work can also be faced with increasing medical bills, health insurance premiums, coinsurance, etc.  Bills can seem to increase from year to year as sources of income become smaller, and many patients are overwhelmed by the cost of health insurance premiums.

DaVita® has a dedicated resource, the Insurance Management Team, in addition to highly skilled social workers on the front lines to address these issues. These teammates are available to assist you with your questions and assist you with making informed decisions for yourself, your family, and your future needs. The Insurance Management Team and social workers can provide you with information on programs available to dialysis patients who are in need of financial information. Listed below are programs that are available to dialysis patients.

American Kidney Fund®

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) provides assistance for kidney care patients in the United States through major financial assistance programs:

  • Health Insurance Premiums Program – This program provides health insurance grants to qualified dialysis patients for the purpose of paying health insurance premiums for dialysis patients.
  • Safety Net Grants – The grants provide assistance for dialysis and transplant patients as well as for kidney donors with treatment-specific financial needs not covered by insurance.
  • Dedicated Medication Program – The AKF administers Genzyme’s Renal Patient Assistance Programs. Assistance is made possible by a generous product donation from Genzyme. Through this partnership, two drugs commonly prescribed to dialysis patients—Renvela® and all formulations of Hectorol®—are available to financially qualified dialysis patients who have no prescription drug coverage. Eligible patients may receive up to a four-month supply, and if necessary, may reapply at the end of their grant period.

Finally, there may be other financial assistance programs available for dialysis patients depending on your state. 

Please contact your DaVita center social worker or your insurance counselor at 1-855-5-DIALYSIS to discuss your questions or concerns.

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