Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation of Georgia
A financial assistance program exists for dialysis patients, but current kidney patients in stages 1-4 of chronic kidney disease are not eligible. A maximum award of $150 is available per patient. Income is not a factor for eligibility in this program. The patient must be on dialysis, a state resident and seek aid through their social worker.
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.
909 Aviation Parkway, Suite 300
Morrisville, NC 27560
Direct: (919) 463-4512
Main: (919) 463-4500
Toll Free: 1-800-524-7139
Georgia Department of Community Health
- Adult Programs: Provides health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and disabled.
- Programs for Children: PeachCare for Kids Free or low-cost health insurance for Georgia's uninsured children.
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.
Georgia does offer Medigap Insurance for dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Georgia.
- Medicaid: The state will not expand Medicaid eligibility.