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Reject Coverage Limits on Kidney Transplant Care

Medicare’s 3-year coverage limit on immunosuppressive medications costs transplant patients their lives and Medicare millions. Help us honor the gift of life by protecting kidney transplants.

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REAL PATIENTS. REAL STORIES.

Medicare’s coverage limit on anti-rejection drugs impacts thousands of kidney transplant patients across the country. These are their stories.

Monica Fox

“All of a sudden, the rug is pulled out from under you.”

Monica received her kidney transplant on Thanksgiving Eve 2016 but lives every day knowing as of next winter, her coverage of immunosuppressive medications isn’t a guarantee. Listen to Monica’s story.

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Alexandra Harrison Flaxman

“Knowing that you’ll have your medications is just one less thing to worry about.”

Alexandra is living proof that the availability of private insurance alone cannot guarantee coverage for immunosuppressive medications. Knowing that their lifesaving anti-rejection medications are covered would give kidney transplant patients like Alexandra, “one less thing to worry about.”

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Natalie and Mark Mirage

“I’m 16 and I have a lot of life to live.”

The relief of Natalie receiving her transplant in 2014 is overshadowed by the lack of guaranteed coverage for the immunosuppressive treatments she’ll need for the rest of her life. Watch Natalie and Mark discuss their fears and hopes for the future.

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Thank your member of Congress now!

It’s official! The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 (H.R. 5534 / S. 3353) has passed with incredible bipartisan support in Congress! 

Thanks to the over 135 Congressional champions who supported this legislation during the 116th Congress, kidney transplant patients have access to the lifesaving medications they need to prevent graft failure, reduce the need for dialysis, and avert repeated kidney transplants. Find the full list of Immuno Bill cosponsors here — U.S. House & U.S. Senate.

Take a moment to write your Members of Congress and thank them for honoring the gift of kidney donation!

POLICY OVERVIEW

The Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act is a straightforward solution to an unnecessary problem – this legislation honors the gift of transplantation, protects patients, and saves Medicare money by extending coverage of life-saving immunosuppressive medications to the lifespan of the transplanted organ.

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