During 2022 and 2023, DPC worked tirelessly to secure passage of legislation providing access to affordable Medigap coverage for under age 65 kidney failure patients living in three states. Those states – Kentucky, Rhode Island and Virginia, are creating regulations to implement the new state laws.

The law in Rhode Island became effective July 1, 2023. In Kentucky and Virginia, the laws passed this year become effective January 1, 2024.

If you live in one of these states and are not yet age 65, check with your dialysis facility finance or social workers to learn more about the Medigap Plans being offered and how to apply for coverage.

Several DPC Patient Ambassadors were very active in these states, sharing their stories and helping to get these critically important laws passed:  Hap Strunk in Kentucky, Theodore Chaplin in Rhode Island and Wallace Green in Virginia.

To learn more about how you can share your story with legislators to help advocate for Medigap coverage, consider becoming a DPC Patient Ambassador. Visit https://www.dialysispatients.org/get-involved/patient-ambassadors/apply/ today to apply!