Patient Support and Financial Resources
Texas Renal Coalition
The Texas Renal Coalition has represented patients and families with kidney disease for over 16 years, providing public awareness of the disease, promoting educational resources among the numerous councils, agencies, and legislative bodies involved with kidney and related issues, and advocating change where needed of state and federal programs. The TRC does this through a network of partners.
7014 Whispering Oaks Drive
Austin, TX 78745
Quality Improvement Organization
Quality Improvement Organizations receive and investigate patient grievances relating to quality of care generally (e.g., complaints regarding physicians, hospitals, or outpatient facilities other than dialysis facilities). They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. Quality Improvement Organizations operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs offer one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families regarding eligibility and coverage. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
ESRD Networks receive and investigate patient grievances relating to dialysis care. They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. ESRD Networks operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
#14 End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas
4040 McEwen Road, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75244
State Run Programs
Texas Department of State Health Services
Kidney Health Care Program
A non-Medicaid, completely state-funded program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease. It pays for the dialysis treatment only. The only requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, legal resident of the state of Texas, and they must get regular dialysis treatments or have received a kidney transplant. In addition, participants in this program cannot receive Medicaid medical, drug or travel benefits. Participants may also not make more than $60,000 per year. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their social worker at the dialysis clinic they currently utilize.
Texas Medicaid Program
or In State dial 211
- Adult Programs: Programs include Medicaid buy-in programs, insurance premium assisance and help for the disabled.
- Programs for Children: Texas families with uninsured children may be able to get health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- Medication Programs: The Vendor Drug Program can provide links to prescription resources.
- Additional Programs: The Kidney Health Care Program (KHC) Provides assistance to Texas residents with a diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Disease.
Organ Donor Registry
Organ donation can save as many eight lives through transplantation. There are nearly 100,000 kidney patients on the transplant list with only 10,000 donors. This disparity leads to an average wait time of 3-5 years to receive a transplant. To learn more about joining the registry, please visit the resources listed below.
Texas offers Medigap Insurance to dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Texas.
- Medicaid: The state will not expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 8, 2013
Adjourns: May 27, 2013
No Even Year Session