Extend Medicare Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients
  • Petitioned Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Extend Medicare Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients

    1. Petition by

      Ajay Singh

Since 1972 Medicare has covered patients on dialysis and those who have received a kidney transplant. But, while there is no Medicare time limit for coverage of a dialysis patient, kidney transplant recipients lose their Medicare coverage 36 months after receiving their transplant.

Simply put: TRANSPLANT PATIENTS LOSE THEIR COVERAGE for drugs that prevent rejection.

This is a particular problem for LOW INCOME AND MINORITY patients, such as African Americans and Latinos who either don't have insurance coverage or don't have money to buy coverage. Extending Medicare coverage for drugs WOULD PREVENT this from happening.

Having patients return back to dialysis because they cannot afford their medications makes no sense.

Kidney transplantation provides superior outcomes and better quality of life as compared to chronic dialysis. Transplantation is also nearly 8 times less expensive than dialysis. Having patients return back to the transplant waiting list and go in line again for a re-transplant makes absolutely no sense – aside from the human cost, it increases overall health care costs and escalates an already critical shortage in kidneys.

On September 20th 2011, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R--Texas) and Congressman Ron Kind (D--Wisconsin) introduced the “Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act” (H.R. 2969). U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D--Illinois), Thad Cochran (R--Mississippi) and Scott Brown (R--Massachusetts) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

This bipartisan legislation will allow individuals who are eligible for immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part B to continue to receive their vital treatment past the 36-month cutoff. We need the Obama Administration to support this proposed legislation.

The proposed legislation has the strong support of the American Society of Transplantation, the National Kidney Foundation, Dialysis Patient Citizens, among others.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Thank you for the fantastic response.

      Ajay Singh
      Petition Organizer

      Extending coverage is a moral test for our country. Please click the following link http://www.thekidneydoctor.org/2012/02/lifetime-immunosuppression-coverage-for.html

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • patricia anderson GREENVILLE, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      i am a kidney transplant patient

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    • Paul Shaffer PHOENIXVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Due to the bad economy, I lost my job, lost my insurance and may lose my kidney!

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    • Cristina Ramirez FOREST PARK, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      my father is facing this issue with medicare being terminated after the 36 months, now we are struggling to find a way to pay for his medications to keep him healthy

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    • nicole ficht LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      My good friend just hada transplant a few weeks ago!

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    • Diane Anderson-Kinney COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      My 3 years ends at the end of this month. When I was "downsized", I was lucky to be able to retire and and will be covered by my employer's prescription plan. Even knowing that, the letter from Medicare that I had only 27 days of coverage left was frightening! This law MUST be changed.

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