From the PKD Advocacy Network:
I took time out today to put in my two cents... and you can too...
Immunosuppressive drugs are vital for surviving a kidney transplant. Under current Medicare law, coverage of immunosuppressive drugs are only guaranteed for 36 months after transplantation. S. 565 will end this 36 month limit.
Kidney transplant patients need vital immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their lives. Currently, Medicare only covers the cost of these drugs for 36 months. The annual cost of these drugs is $15,000 to $20,000, which is far less than the cost of dialysis ($50,000 to $75,000 per patient, per year) or the cost of a second transplant ($100,000 to $125,000 per transplant).