Dialysis and Your Finances
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.
Insurance. Your Satellite care team takes care of billing your insurance (Medicare,
Medicaid, or private insurance) to cover the cost of treatments. To make sure that this goes smoothly, provide your center with copies of your current insurance cards. Plus, let us know immediately if your insurance changes. Should any billing or insurance problems arise, your Satellite social worker will try to help you resolve them quickly.
Transportation to Treatments. 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.
Community Resources. There are a number of organizations that help dialysis patients make ends meet when paying for day-to-day expenses not covered by insurance. Your Satellite social worker can discuss these patient assistance programs and let you know if you are eligible for financial or other support.
- Financial Assistance Program. Both Satellite and other kidney disease support organizations can provide patients with help in meeting dialysis treatment costs not covered by their insurance. Your center's social worker can give you more information about these programs as well as the forms needed to apply for assistance.
- 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.
- Increased Utility Bills. 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.
For more information, contact Info@SatelliteHealth.com.
- National Kidney Foundation/National Endowment for Financial Education — Taking Control: Money Matters For People With Chronic Kidney Disease. This 72-page book is available online and in hard copy by calling 1.800.622.9010. (Ask for Pub#01-10-0250).
- Renal Support Network (RSN) — Medication Assistance Programs and Information.