Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
Provides patient emergency financial assistance grants to kidney patients living in Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.
A financial assistance program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease or have received a kidney transplant. The only additional requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Wyoming, and must make under $1,000 per month. The maximum fiscal grant is $100 per person per fiscal year, although exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their Nephrology Social Worker or Transplant Social Worker.
Wyoming Children's Special Health
This is a program that provides financial assistance to families with children who have special health care needs in Wyoming.
Sheridan County Wyoming Diabetes Strip Assistance Program
Provides free blood glucose test strips to diabetics meeting the financial guidelines residing in Sheridan County, Wyoming.
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.
#15 Intermountain End Stage Renal Disease Network
165 S. Union Blvd., Suite 466
Lakewood, CO 80228
State Run Programs
- Adult Programs: Wyoming Medicaid that pays for medical care for some low-income and medically needy individuals and families.
- Programs for Children: Kid Care CHIP offers health insurance coverage for Wyoming's children and teens through age 18 that are uninsured and meet income and eligibility guidelines that are not eligible for Wyoming EqualityCare (Medicaid). Dental services are provided by Delta Dental of Wyoming.
- Additional Programs: Wyoming Health Insurance High Risk (WHIP) Health insurance coverage for eligible individuals who are denied adequate health insurance.
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.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Wyoming.
- Medicaid: It is unknown at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: February 10, 2014
Adjourns: March 6, 2014 (estimated)