385) HAVE A SAY --- TODAY!

November 11, 2009

From the PKD Advocacy Network:

I took time out today to put in my two cents... and you can too...

Immunosuppressive drug coverage must be extended

E-mail your Senators today

Congress is on the verge of reforming our nation's health care system, and now is the time to take action. As you know, maintaining lifetime immunosuppressive drug coverage is one of the biggest challenges kidney transplant recipients face. We can't miss an opportunity to ensure Congress addresses this issue.
Take a moment to send your Senators an e-mail asking them to include the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (S. 565) in whichever health care reform legislation Congress may approve.

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).

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