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Advocacy Update: HOPE Act Passed

On November 13, 2013 the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act passed into law and is expected to be signed by the President. This act ends the Federal ban on transplanting HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients, which will … 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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National Kidney Foundation Volunteers Play A Key Role in Healthcare Research

Patient Centered-Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), created by Congress as part of the Affordable Care Act, provides grants for research projects that will give patients and their health care providers “a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, … Continue reading

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Advocacy Update: Support Continues to Build for Immunosuppressive Legislation

Momentum is growing on the Medicare immunosuppressive legislation!  Following the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on H.R. 1428 in late June, additional Representatives have signed on as cosponsors for a total of almost 80.  Also, in his remarks before … Continue reading

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Who Gets the Kidney? 5 Changes to the Allocation System

More than 96,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney and if this year follows the trend of years past, there will only be about 16,500 kidneys donated. Clearly, the demand is far greater than the … Continue reading

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Medicare Proposes Deep Cuts for Dialysis

On Monday July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual proposed rule to update Medicare payment to dialysis providers beginning January 1, 2014 and to modify the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), which reduces reimbursement to … 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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