Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
Provides patient emergency financial assistance grants to kidney patients living in Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.
The National Kidney Foundation offers a financial assistance program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease or have received a kidney transplant. The only additional requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Montana, and must make under $1,000 per month. The maximum fiscal grant is $100 per person per fiscal year, although exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their Nephrology Social Worker or Transplant 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.
#16 Northwest Renal Network
4702 42nd Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116
Toll-Free Line for Patients Only: 1-800-262-1514
State Run Programs
- Adult Programs: Coverage for some low-income adults.
- Programs for Children: Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) is a free or low-cost health coverage plan. The plan provides health coverage to eligible Montana children and teenagers up to age 19.
Medication Programs: Big Sky Rx Helps Medicare clients pay for Medicare approved prescription drug insurance premiums.
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 federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Montana.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 4, 2013
Adjourns: April 24, 2013
No Even Year Session