The Honor the Gift Coalition Celebrates the Senate’s Bipartisan Introduction of the Immuno Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2020 – Today, the Senate introduced legislation that would extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive medications for kidney transplant recipients.
The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (S. 3353) introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL)—would allow kidney transplant recipients to maintain Medicare Part B coverage for immunosuppressive medications beyond the current 3-year limit, extending coverage for the lifetime of the transplanted kidney. Sens. Cassidy and Durbin we’re joined by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Todd Young (R-IN) as original cosponsors. The House of Representatives introduced a companion measure of the Immuno Bill late last year.
Statement from Honor the Gift on the Immuno Bill’s bipartisan introduction in the U.S. Senate:
Today marks another significant milestone for the members of the kidney and transplant communities who have been advocating for this policy change for nearly 20 years. With today’s introduction in the Senate led by Senators Bill Cassidy and Dick Durbin, we’re one step closer to finally guaranteeing that kidney transplant patients won’t lose their transplanted organ due to an inability to pay for their lifesaving immunosuppressive medications.
Now that the Immuno Bill has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, we call on every member of the kidney and transplant community to take a stand for recipients, donors and donor families – it’s time for all of us to contact our members of Congress in support of this legislation. Together, we’ll be able to protect kidney transplant patients and save lives, honor the gift of their donors and donor families, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the legislation will result in significant savings for the Medicare program.
Advocates can contact Congress and express their support for the Immuno Bill by visiting the Honor the Gift website and utilizing our digital advocacy tool.
Learn more about the Honor the Gift coalition’s efforts to extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive medications for kidney transplant patients at HonorTheGift.org.