Patient Support and Financial Resources
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.
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State Run Programs
Wisconsin Department of Health, ForwardHealth
- Adult Programs: Medicaid plans for Elderly, Blind or Disabled provide health care for those who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. The Medicaid plan you are enrolled in depends on your income, assets, and type of care you need.
- Programs for Children: BadgerCare Plus for Children and Families. All children under 19 years old, at all income levels, can enroll in BadgerCare Plus.
- Medication Programs: SeniorCare Prescription Drug Program A prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older.
- Additional Programs: BadgerCare Plus also covers: Parents and caretakers at higher income levels.
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.
Wisconsin offers Medigap Insurance for dialysis patients under 65.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Wisconsin.
- Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 7, 2013
Adjourns: Januray 4, 2015