Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies
Provides financial assistance to patients and families who are experiencing a financial crisis due to kidney disease or transplantation.
Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania (KFCP)
KFCP provides community education about chronic kidney disease, administers to the needs of those who have just learned of their disease, those who are dependent upon dialysis therapy and those who have received or are awaiting kidney transplants.
4813 Jonestown RD, Suite 101, Harrisburg PA 17109
Toll Free: 1-800-762-6202
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
Quality Insights Renal Network 4
630 Freedom Business Center, Suite 116
King of Prussia, PA 19406
State Run Programs
Health Care Medical Assistance
- Adult Programs: Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) provides payment for health care services on behalf of eligible low-income individuals with limited income and high medical expenses.
- Programs for Children: Cover All Kids is the initiative that lead to the expansion of the CHIP program. Now, all uninsured children and teens in the commonwealth who are not eligible for Medical Assistance have access to affordable, comprehensive health-care coverage.
- Medication Programs: Prescription Assistance (PACENET) Prescription coverage for older residents with low income. Prescription Assistance (PACE) Prescription coverage for older residents with very low income.
- Additional Programs: AdultBasic Health insurance coverage for eligible adults between 19 and 65.
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.
Pennsylvania offers Medigap Insurance to dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Pennsylvania.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 1, 2013
Adjourns: November 30, 2014