Support S. 323/H.R. 1428 Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013

Take Action: Please contact your representative and senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 323/H.R. 1428 and support extending lifetime coverage of immunosuppressive drugs.

 

  1. Check here to see if your representative or senators are a co-sponsor of the bill.
  2. If they are a co-sponsor, send them a thank you email or tweet.
  3. If they are not, please send them an email or tweet asking them to consider co-sponsoring the bill.

Why is this important?

When a person receives a kidney transplant, immunosuppressive drugs prevent organ rejection.

  • For most patients with kidney failure, a transplant is the optimal form of therapy that provides the highest quality of life and best clinical outcomes.
  • For patients who are Medicare-eligible only because of kidney failure, Medicare provides immunosuppressive drug coverage for just 36 months, leaving patients to pay for the expensive drugs out-of- pocket, or risk organ failure and death.
  • If the transplant fails, Medicare pays for patients to return to dialysis ($87,945 annually) or to receive a second transplant ($100,000).
  • Immunosuppressive drugs cost just $4,008 annually.

Extending lifetime coverage of immunosuppressive drugs would prolong the lives of Americans, reduce taxpayer costs, allow more dialysis patients to consider a transplant, and preserve the scarce number of available kidneys.

Annual Per Patient Cost: Immunosuppressive Drugs vs. Dialysis or Second Transplant

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