Honor the Gift is a national patient-centered campaign, promoted by a coalition of kidney and transplant organizations, focused on extending Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive medication for kidney transplant recipients beyond the current three-year cap. Limits on anti-rejection drugs are costing patients their lives, disgracing the gift provided by the donor, and racking up hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary spending.
Each year, approximately 19,000 kidney transplant recipients are at risk of losing access to medication that is crucial to the longevity of their transplanted organ.
Transplant patients should never have to fear organ rejection because they are no longer Medicare-eligible and can’t afford the cost of their medication. However, this is the sad reality we currently live in.
For over a decade, patients and advocates have been fighting for change – but ultimately, Congress has failed to act. With the start of a new Congress comes new opportunities to finally bring about the change many desperately need. We truly believe if we all work together and act with one voice, Congress will be forced to address this issue and finally pass legislation that extends coverage, protects patients, and honors the gift of kidney donation.