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Future Dialysis Cuts Reduced and Oral-only Drugs Remain under Part D until 2024

On Monday March 31, 2014, the Senate passed legislation that avoids substantial Medicare cuts to physician payments. This vote comes on the heels of House approval that occurred last week.   The one year patch to Medicare physician payments includes a … Continue reading

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Oregon Reverses its Proposal on 24 Month Waiting Period for Transplant Coverage

In our November 13, 2013 post Help Us Prevent Discriminatory Kidney Care Policies we asked you to take action to keep Oregon State from permitting private insurance companies to adopt waiting periods of up to 24 months on organ and bone … Continue reading

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Access to Immunosuppressive Drugs under Medicare Part D is at Risk

Medicare beneficiaries who do not qualify for immunosuppressive drug coverage under Medicare Part B (the Medicare program that covers outpatient care) typically receive coverage of their immunosuppressive drugs under the Medicare prescription drug program known as Medicare Part D.  Under … Continue reading

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Year in Review: NKF Public Policy and Advocacy

Advocacy and public policy efforts were in full swing this past year and the National Kidney Foundation worked to maximize opportunities to improve kidney care. Here is a snapshot of our top advocacy activities in 2013. The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug … Continue reading

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Did You Sign Up For Obamacare?

While off to a rocky launch due to website and database challenges, over 2.1 million people have signed up to receive health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces (a.k.a Exchanges) as part of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare).  … Continue reading

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Signing up for Insurance? Beware of Fraud!

There have been reports of increased fraud attempts stemming from confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act.  Protect yourself by knowing your rights and being informed! Follow these important tips: If you are interested in signing up for insurance through the … Continue reading

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Help Us Prevent Discriminatory Kidney Care Policies

The state of Oregon is currently proposing a policy to allow health plans to effectively put a two year waiting period on covering organ and bone marrow transplants unless the patient had prior insurance coverage.  This policy would apply to … Continue reading

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The Marketplace is Open for Business

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces begins tomorrow October 1 and will run through March 31, 2014 with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.  As a result of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), it is expected that tens of … Continue reading

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Calling On the Uninsured

By Troy Zimmerman, VP Government Relations, National Kidney Foundation Open enrollment for the new Health Insurance Marketplaces—also known as the Exchanges—is less than a month away.  Beginning October 1, people without health insurance will be able to enroll in a … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things Kidney Patients Need to Know About Healthcare Reform

On January 1, 2014 everyone is required to have health insurance.  The Federal Government has a website where you will be able to shop for new options for health insurance beginning this October.  Tax credits and subsidies are available for … Continue reading

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