Contact your Senators to ask them to support Medicare’s extension of immunosuppressive drug coverage! With our TAKE ACTION NETWORK, you can send an email to your Senators and include a personal message about how this important bill would impact you.
Sens. Durbin (D-IL) and 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.
NKF is working with Reps. Burgess (R-TX) and Kind (D-WI) on similar legislation that will be introduced in the House of Representatives. We will post information on that when it occurs.
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