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  • Kidney Transplant Patient Act of 2009

    Received the following email from AAKP:


    Dear Friends,


    I am calling on you once again to take action! Over the last two months, kidney patient advocates just like you and I, met with congressional staff members across the country reminding legislators of the importance of health care reform for the nation's 26 million kidney disease patients. One such legislation is S. 565, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Kidney Transplant Patient Act of 2009 and its companion House-bill H.R. 1458. This bill would extend coverage for immunosuppressive drugs beyond the first 36 months after a kidney transplant.

    Currently, Medicare pays for most of the costs associated with a kidney transplant. It even pays for the medications after the transplant for the first 36 months. But after the 36 months, patients are required to pay for their own medications. As you may know, prescription medications are very expensive and many patients can't afford them. Unfortunately, as a result, patients may stop taking medications or alter the frequency taken to try to save money. This can lead to organ rejection and patients ending up back on dialysis. Finding a way to cover the cost of immunosuppressive drugs cannot only save the organ, but the cost of the immunosuppressants actually costs less per year than dialysis.

    We are urging Congressional leaders to support this very important legislation. Contact your congressional member today and ask him/her to co-sponsor S. 565, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2009 and its companion House-bill H.R. 1458.




    Kind regards,

    Roberta Wager, RN, MSN
    AAKP President
    Two-time Kidney Transplant Recipient
    ~ddarling~
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