Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation Serving the Carolinas - South Carolina Region
Provides financial assistance, nutritional supplements, renal vitamins, clothing and household goods to kidney patients living in South Carolina.
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
State Run Programs
South Carolina Healthy Connections
- Adult Programs: Healthy Connections is South Carolina's Medicaid grant-in-aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for needy persons who have low income. Medicaid for Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) Provides Medicaid coverage to individuals with low income who are aged, blind, or disabled.
- Programs for Children: The Partners for Healthy Children program was authorized under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. This program provides Medicaid coverage for children who live in families with income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level.
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 South Carolina.
- Medicaid: The state will not expand Medicaid eligibility.