Your Satellite social workers will help you make sense of financial matters
related to your dialysis treatment. They are specially trained to address
medical insurance questions, prescription coverage issues and refer you,
when needed, to insurance specialists. They can also offer advice and
referrals on how to manage other dialysis-related expenses.
Understanding Your Insurance
Most ESRD patients are eligible for Medicare. Medicare may help with the
majority of cost it will not cover everything. Certain parts of Medicare
requires a co-pay and/or monthly premiums (fees).
Health insurance for low income individuals and families. Medicaid can
help cover some Medicare premiums.
A type of extra insurance to fill the gaps of Medicare.
Most people can have both private insurance and Medicare. One insurance
will be primary and the other secondary.
Help with Other Finances
Most communities provide affordable or free transportation to older adults,
individuals with disabilities and low-income families to help them lead
independent and self-sufficient lives. This service, sometimes called
paratransit, may be a convenient way to get to and from dialysis treatments.
Ask your Satellite social worker for the phone number of this service
in your area.
Meals on Wheels operates 5,000 local senior nutrition programs in the United
States. These programs provide well over one million meals a day to seniors
in need. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior
centers, some programs deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors
whose mobility is limited, and many programs provide both services. Find
Meals on Wheels near you
If your income is limited, there are local community programs for which
you may qualify that help you reduce your monthly bills, particularly
utilities such as telephone and power.