Help kidney transplant recipients maintain their life-saving kidney transplant by contacting your Representative and Senators to ask them to support Medicare’s extension of immunosuppressive drug coverage through our
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Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced S. 323 on February 13, 2013, to extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients. Medicare covers 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 eligibility ends 36 months after receiving a transplant. S. 323 eliminates the 36 month time limit to provide continued Medicare coverage for life-saving immunosuppressive medications. All other Medicare would end after three years for kidney recipients, as under current law. Please contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 323 to help transplant recipients access the medications they need to maintain their new kidney.
Rep. Michael Burgess (TX) and Rep. Ron Kind (WI) introduced H.R. 1428
to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare entitlement to immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients.
This bill would extend Medicare’s coverage of anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant recipients (who are not Medicare-aged or Medicare-disabled) for the life of the transplant, versus the 36 months post-transplant that Medicare currently covers.
Please contact your Representative and urge them to cosponsor H.R.1428 to help transplant recipients access the medications they need to maintain their new kidney.
Cummings, Elijah [D-MD7]
Grimm, Michael [R-NY11]
Moore, Gwen [D-WI4]
Owens, William [D-NY21]
Payne, Donald [D-NJ10]
Pingree, Chellie [D-ME1]
Posey, Bill [R-FL8]
Roby, Martha [R-AL2]
Schock, Aaron [R-IL18]
Schwartz, Allyson [D-PA13]
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