Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation Serving Kansas and Western Missouri
Provides financial assistance for emergency relief for kidney patients living in Kansas and Western Missouri.
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.
#12 Heartland Kidney Network
7306 NW Tiffany Springs Pky. Suite 230
Kansas City, MO 64152
Kansas Health Policy Authority Healthwave
Families and Children, 1-800-792-4884
Elderly or Disabled, 1-888-369-4777
- Adult Programs: A program that provides health and long-term care services to people with low-incomes.
- Programs for Children: HealthWave 21 was created for uninsured children, ages 0 - 19, living in households with income levels at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Provides a support system of specialty healthcare for children who have a disability or chronic health condition.
- Additional Programs: Kansas Health Insurance Association (KHIA) Individual health insurance coverage to Kansas residents who have been denied coverage. The Health Insurance Continuation (HIC) program will pay for part or all of ADAP eligible clients' insurance premiums and co-pays.
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.
Kansas does offer Medigap Insurance to dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Kansas.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 12, 2015
Adjourns: May 30, 2016 (estimated)