Patient Support and Financial Resources
Missouri Kidney Program (MoKP)
This program provides assistance to people in Missouri who have Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease or have had a kidney transplant. A non-Medicaid, completely state-funded program for persons who have kidney disease. The requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Missouri and they must be eligible to receive Medicaid. There are no income restrictions for this program and the amount of fiscal support varies patient to patient. The program offers the following list of services for kidney disease patients: Centralized drug program (with formulary); immunosuppressive program for transplant patients; transportation assistance; insurance premium support; transplant assistance of donors/recipients; Medicaid spend down pay-in and Ticket to Work Health Assurance Premiums. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their social worker at the dialysis clinic they currently utilize.
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
State Run Programs
- Adult Programs: Mo HealthNet provides medical services to persons who meet certain eligibility requirements. Include programs for families with children and those with disabilities.
- Medication Programs: Missouri RX (MO RX) Pays for 50% of your out-of-pocket prescription costs covered by Medicare D.
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.
Missouri offers Medigap Insurance to dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Missouri.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether Missouri will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 8, 2014
Adjourns: May 30, 2014 (estimated)