Patient Support and Financial Resources
Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission
The program provides medical, dental and prescription assistance to residents of Arkansas who have End Stage Renal Disease or Kidney Disease.
A non-Medicaid, completely state-funded program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease or have received a kidney transplant. The only requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Arkansas, and they must meet financial need. Patients in the program receive financial assistance for three prescriptions per month, for a maximum amount of $5,000. Program participants also receive infection-free dental care for patients awaiting transplantation, as well as patient education. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their social worker at the dialysis clinic they currently utilize.
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.
#13 ESRD Network
4200 Perimeter Center Drive Suite 102
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-2314
Main Phone Number: 1.405.942.6000
Patients Use Only (Toll-free): 1.800.472.8664
Facility Staff Emergency Use Only: 1.877.700.1196
- Adult Programs: Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons.
- Programs for Children: ARKids First health insurance provides two coverage options for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without.
- Additional Programs: Healthcare Access Foundation, Inc. Is a statewide volunteer health care program which was developed to help low-income, medically uninsured Arkansans gain access to non-emergency medical care.
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: Arkansas will run its health insurance exchange in partnership with the federal government.
- Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 12, 2015
Adjourns: March 12, 2015 (estimated)