For help finding insurance or other health benefits, one resource that you can always go to is your dialysis or transplant social worker. Community social workers in local hospitals or agencies can also help direct you to local resources. The National Kidney Foundation has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful; however while we do try to keep this list current, we cannot ensure the accuracy of information found on other Web sites.
The Kidney Care Insurance Worksheet is designed to help kidney patients compare plans offered in the health insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act, so they can choose the most affordable and comprehensive plan. The worksheet helps patients calculate an estimate of what their out-of-pocket costs will be for each plan they are considering. Kidney patients may not need all of the services in the worksheet, and there may be other treatments, costs or aspects of their care that need to be considered.
- Medicare (800) MEDICARE
- Medicare Rights Center (800) 333-4114
- Medicare Savings Program (MSPs) help millions of people with Medicare save money each year. States have programs for people with limited income and resources that pay some or all of Medicare's premiums and may pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.
- State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.
- State Medicaid program.
- The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private coverage. (877) KIDS-NOW / (877) 543-7669 www.insurekidsnow.gov
Search for Insurance Options by State:
- Online search for insurance plans nationwide.
- Offers educational info on health care and the Affordable Care Act.
- State by state resources search tool, education, and uninsured helpline
- U.S. Uninsured Help Line - Call 800.234.1317
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act COBRA) Continuation of Health Coverage – Department of Labor's consumer information on COBRA
Indian Health Service is a Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits: Apply for compensation, pension, education or vocational rehabilitation benefits on-line if you are a veteran. The VA can help pay for treatment or provide other benefits for veterans. Veterans should contact their local VA office for more information or call 1-800-827-1000 to reach the national office. The number for health care benefits at the VA is 1-877-222-8387. People who are retired from the military may also call the U.S. Department of Defense at 1-800-538-9552. TRICARE serves Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.