Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA)
Provides free medical identification jewelry and financial assistance to cover a variety of kidney patient needs living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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.
#5 Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition
1527 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
District Run Programs
DC Dept. of Healthcare Finance DC Medicaid
Adult Programs: A health care program that pays for medical services for qualified people. It helps pay for medical services for low-income and disabled people.
Programs for Children: DC Healthy Families (SCHIP) provides FREE health insurance to uninsured children under age 19 and their parents/guardians.
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 District will run its own health insurance exchange.
- Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 3, 2015
Adjourns: December 31, 2016