Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage
Every year, thousands of Americans receive kidney transplants through the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program, which also covers dialysis, immunosuppressive drugs and other medically important services. After transplantation patients must take immunosuppressive drugs every day for the life of the transplants to decrease the risk that their bodies will reject the organs. Unfortunately, Medicare only provides 36 months of coverage for these immunosuppressive drugs. After that three-year period, many patients who are no longer eligible for Medicare struggle to find coverage or to purchase the anti-rejection medications themselves. As a result, patients often end-up back on dialysis sooner than they should, increasing both their time on dialysis as well as everyone’s wait for a transplant. Others don’t even apply for the transplant list as they know they can’t afford the drugs and continue on dialysis indefinitely. DPC is working hard to eliminate the current cap on immunosuppressive drug coverage in Medicare.
What Patients Should Know About Medicare’s New Immunosuppressive Drug Benefit
It had always seemed illogical that Medicare coverage for under-65 ESRD patients ends 36 months after a successful kidney transplant. Why would Medicare make a huge investment in a transplant and then stop paying [...]
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Update on Immunosuppressive Medications Bill
I wanted to thank you for your advocacy efforts in support of extending immunosuppressive drug coverage for transplant patients. Earlier this week, President Trump signed into law much needed legislation that will provide kidney transplant [...]
Action Alert – Secure Patient Access to Immunosuppressive Medications
The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act recently passed in the House and has 24 cosponsors in the Senate. This bill was included in a larger legislative package, and we need [...]
Action Alert – Secure Kidney Patient Access to Immunosuppressive Medications
The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (H.R. 5534, S. 3353) is gaining momentum in Congress. The bill was voted out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and has over 100 [...]