Patient Support and Financial Resources
Tennessee Kidney Foundation
This foundation has a variety of programs to assist patients suffering from kidney disease.
A financial assistance program exists for dialysis patients, but current kidney patients in stages 1-4 of chronic kidney disease are not eligible. A maximum award of $150 is available per patient. Income is not a factor for eligibility in this program. The patient must be on dialysis, a state resident and seek aid through their social worker.
The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area, Inc.
1020 Dallas Road, Suite 401
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
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.
#8 ESRD Network
1755 Lelia Drive, Suite 400
Jaskson, MS 39216
State Run Programs
- Adult Programs: A medical assistance program designed for people who are eligible for Medicaid, as well as for some children who do not have insurance. A Medicaid waiver, or demonstration, program. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the use of managed-care principles can generate sufficient savings to enable the state to cover more than Medicaid eligible people.
- Programs for Children: CoverKids is designed for uninsured children age 18 and younger whose families earn within 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
- Medication Programs: CoverRX Affordable prescriptions for eligible residents who have no prescription coverage.
- Additional Programs: Cover Tennessee is a partnership between the state, employers and individuals that makes health care coverage affordable for the state's working uninsured. AccessTN provides comprehensive health insurance for Tennesseans who are uninsurable due to pre-existing medical conditions. Three different plans are available with varying deductibles and participants can select the plan that is best for their situation.
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.
Tennessee offers Medigap Insurance for dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Tennessee.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 8, 2013
Adjourns: May 20, 2014 (estimated)
Recess: April 20, 2013 to January 13, 2014