Advocacy CMS - Medicare

Happy World Kidney Day

Today, over 100 kidney advocates will be meeting with congressional offices asking for support to extend Medicare coverage for immuno-suppressant medication for transplant recipients (S. 565). These medications must be taken for the life of the recipient, but Medicare currently only covers 36 months post-transplant.

Medicare spends $17,000 per year per recipient to maintain a transplant, but if it fails, Medicare will pay $71,000 per year per recipient for dialysis.


Now that I’ve done my duty as a transplant advocate, let me give you this little thought – if the National Kidney Foundation has admitted that living donors are part of their constituency, why haven’t they sent representatives to advocate for HR 218, the Living Donor Tax Credit Act?

Guess we’re not all that important.