NKF of Florida

How the Affordable Care Act affects Dialysis Patients

Health Tips

Most Americans with kidney failure are enrolled in Medicare today, regardless of their age, and don't need to purchase health insurance in the Marketplace. However, you may still have questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it may or may not help you and your family. Here's what you really need to know if you are a dialysis patient. Keep reading

Have Have You Utilized NKFF's Advocacy Program?

Advocacy Program

For your assistance, the National Kidney Foundation of Florida offers a Patient Advocacy Program at no cost to you! The program is staffed by former dialysis patients who have walked in the shoes of kidney patients. Find out how we can assist you. Keep reading

Big Win for Transplant Recipients

CMS Drops Proposal That Would Have Restricted Access to Essential Drugs. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a decision to drop its proposal to remove drugs from protected class status under Medicare Part D. This means transplant recipients will continue to have access to all immunosuppressive drugs under their Medicare Part D plan. Keep reading

Sponsor Spotlight

Lehigh Kidney Care Center, Fort Myers Kidney Care Center and Lee Kidney Center in Southwest Florida are leading the efforts for the 2014 Fort Myers Kidney Walk once again! When Dr. Shenoy and Dr. Gulati, the physician partners at the centers, realized how vital the annual kidney walk was for the dialysis community, the mission was on! They partner up to bring awareness to those who are most in need and have come through big on sponsorship as well as support of this year's walk. Keep reading

Extraordinary Volunteer

Meet John Venezia - a NKFF Volunteer for 20 years. He has been a leader for Team Florida and the Transplant Games of America since 1994. His dedication to the cause spawned out of his own battle with kidney disease. John had his transplanted kidney for 27 years and is currently on dialysis waiting for a kidney. John often organizes events like a boat ride and bowling day for children in distress and kids struggling with kidney and other diseases.

Florida Kidney Screening - A Free Kidney Health Screening

The National Kidney Foundation of Florida's new screening program will educate you about the kidneys, tell you your risk factors for kidney disease, and help you to take steps to keeping your kidneys healthy and reduce the risk of developing kidney disease in the future.

Screening includes: Risk survey, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure check, free educational materials, opportunity to speak with a health care professional and for those at-risk - a urinalysis and creatinine check. For more information, please contact (407) 894-7325 or send us an e-mail nkf@kidneyfla.org.

Richard K. Salick Scholarship

The National Kidney Foundation Richard K. Salick Scholarship Fund is for graduating high school or home schooled seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited universities who exemplify the characteristics of Rich Salick through academics and active volunteer community service.

This scholarship was put in place to recognize students that have shown a quality of giving back to their community. The program's goals are to provide college tuition assistance to those students who are already making a positive difference in their community, and to inspire others to do the same.

Every Labor Day during the Rich Salick Surf Festival we will announce the amount of money that we will be awarding the applicants with. Submit your application by December 31st. Applications will be submitted online through NKFsurf.com. The applications will be reviewed by a carefully selected board of Surf Festival founders, organizers, volunteers or sponsors. Judges will use an equally weighted scoring system combining content of the essay, recent volunteer community service, leadership qualities, school accomplishments, and future community plans and activities. The number of scholarships and amount given away will depend on the number of qualified applicants received each year.

Donate Clothing and Household Items

We need your small household items and your usable clothes

Your unwanted, unused, and unneeded clothing and other household items can assist our programs. The NKF of Florida has established a relationship with Sunshine Thrift Stores, Inc., a Florida for profit corporation. Outsourcing the management of this program to Sunshine Thrift Stores has been a part of fundraising efforts since 1982. In certain areas, clothing, shoes, linens, and small useable items are requested as a donation via postal mail. Customers wishing to participate may follow the specific instructions and receive a tax deductable receipt for their useable items. The donations are sold to Sunshine Thrift Stores and the proceeds are used to fund NKF of Florida programs and services. For more information on the clothing donation program contact NKF Truck Pickup Service or call (877) 448-2653. For more information on Sunshine Thrift Stores contact Sunshine or call (813) 831-4377.

Direct Assistance

Nabi Donation Boca 1A long-term illness followed by kidney failure takes its toll both physically and financially on kidney patients. The NKF of Florida provides assistance to Florida patients in need. Requests can be made for assistance with medications, transportation to and from dialysis, and emergency one-time grants. To apply for these funds, patients must contact their renal social worker and complete an application.


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