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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

Paying for Kidney Failure Treatment

Treating kidney failure with dialysis or a transplant can be very expensive. If you need financial assistance, talk to a dialysis or transplant social worker to learn about resources that may help lower your out-of-pocket treatment costs. Public insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid may cover up to 80 percent of the cost of treatment. Private state insurance programs may help pay the rest. You can also reach out to your local Social Security office or the Health Resources and Services Administration to obtain more information.

Visit these online resources to learn more about:

Information on Financial Help Options for Treatment of Kidney Failure: Medicare and Medicaid Coverage, Resources, and Application

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Eligibility and coverage for dialysis and kidney transplant
http://www.medicare.gov/people-like-me/esrd/esrd.html

Medicare coverage of kidney dialysis and kidney transplant services
http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10128.pdf

Medicare & You
http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf

Get help paying costs
http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/get-help-paying-costs.html

National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)

Financial Help for Treatment of Kidney Failure
http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/financialhelp/index.aspx

American Kidney Fund

Paying for Kidney Disease and Dialysis Treatment
http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-health/treatment/paying-for-treatment.html

Dialysis Patient Citizens

Dialysis Patient's Guide to the Medicare ESRD Bundle
http://www.esrdnet5.org/Files/Patient-Services/DPC-Bundle-brochure.aspx

Social Security Administration

Apply for Medicare
http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/medicare.htm

Finding a Health Center

Health Resources and Services Administration

Find a Health Center
http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx

Information and Resources for Patients

American Association of Kidney Patients

https://www.aakp.org/

Page last updated: October 2, 2013