Did you know?

1 in 10 people will get some form of liver disease in their lifetime and 1 in 7 people will suffer from chronic kidney disease in this country. And someday, they may need a transplant, but there is an organ shortage in this country. The wait for a kidney can  be 7 to 10 years on the east and west coasts. 

The goal is to prevent liver and kidney disease. But, if someone needs a life saving transplant — we want to make sure everyone who needs a transplant gets one regardless of race, income level or where they live. Donate to the effort!

Advocacy

FAIR supports the Acuity Circle Model  for the allocation of livers to candidates within 150, 250, or 500 nautical miles (nm) of donor hospitals before offering them nationally to allow for efficient placement of donor organs and to avoid organ wastage.  

FAIR Foundation supports the “Living Donor Protection Act of 2017”

Living Donor Protection Act of 2017 (HR 1270) Resolution as introduced by The American Society of Transplant Surgeons to AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES 

FAIR Foundation opposes the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017

The FAIR Foundation Board of Directors has carefully examined the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017 (S. 2065) (HR 4143) (“the PATIENTS Act”), and strongly opposes its adoption.  Read complete discussion.

Improving Medicare Patients’ Access to Kidney Transplantation Resolution as introduced by The American Society of Transplant Surgeons to AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES


TAKE ACTION NOW!

Email Your Legislators About the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019  (H.R. 5534)

The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 would extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients, which is currently limited to just 36 months. 

Medicare covers dialysis for most Americans, regardless of age, with no time limit. However, if an individual is under the age of 65 or not Medicare-disabled (receiving Social Security disability income), his or her coverage eligibility for immunosuppressive medications ends 36 months after receiving a transplant.

Many recipients are unable to afford their medications after the 36-month limit. This often leads to the unnecessary failure of the transplanted kidney, which can lead to another transplant or dialysis.

This bill will eliminate the 36-month time limit and provide continued Medicare coverage for these lifesaving immunosuppressive medications.

This lifetime coverage also confers a benefit to children who receive renal transplant who outgrow their state specific plan.

Please contact your legislators about this important issue!


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Education

Physicians specializing in the treatment of kidney/liver disease, transplantation surgeons, dieticians and social service experts volunteer their time to help you understand and manage your disease in an informal, non clinical settings. 

FAIR Foundation Mission

FAIR promotes policies and activities that increase the availability, access and health equity of solid organ transplantation in the United States through patient education, support and advocacy.

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