After receiving a kidney transplant, a patient must take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of his/her life, at a cost of $19,000 per year. Without these drugs, the body will reject the organ and the patient will have to go on dialysis.
Under current law, Medicare covers these medication costs for three years only, but will cover much higher dialysis costs – $77,000 per year – indefinitely.
The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act, currently in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, will extend that Medicare coverage for the rest of the patient’s life. This will help patients to keep their kidney transplants, shorten the transplant waiting list, and lower Medicare costs. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress support this measure.
It is good for transplant patients, good for taxpayers, and good for the national budget.
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Organizations that support this legislation:
- American Transplant Foundation
- National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
- American Society of Transplantation (AST)
- American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
- American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
- American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN)
- Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
- Renal Physicians Association (RPA)
- American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
- Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD Foundation (PKD)
- Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)
- Renal Support Network (RSN)
- American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
- NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals
- Texas Transplantation Society
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
- Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)
- Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC)
- American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)