Number of dialysis patients statewide: 6,987

This state does not currently offer Medigap insurance to dialysis patients under 65.

Medicare, a federal program, pays for dialysis for over 80% of dialysis treatments. However, many issues concerning dialysis patients are actually handled at the state level.

Individual states have to provide certain basic services under Medicaid, but they also have flexibility in how they structure their plans and set their reimbursement rates. In addition, some states have the authority to determine the need and location for additional dialysis facilities (this is often referred to as certificate of need). Because dialysis patients’ care can be affected by state officials as well as federal officials, DPC members are becoming more active on state issues—ensuring the patients’ voice is heard locally as well as nationally.

Indiana  Dialysis Patient Resources

Patient Support and Financial Resources

National Kidney Foundation of Indiana
911 E 86th St Ste 100
Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848
Phone: (317) 722-5640
Toll Free: (800) 382-9971
Fax: (317) 722-5650
E-mail: nkfi@kidneyindiana.org

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Prescriptions will be filled for up to 100 tablets; refills are also free. The specific medication(s) in the program may change from time to time; as of 4/20/10, metformin (Glucophage) was available.

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Formerly known as the Diabetes Association of St. Joseph County and the Diabetes Education Center, the agency has been in the community since 1955 helping local people with diabetes manage their disease. It provides financial assistance to help defray the costs of medication and medical supplies to residents of St. Joseph County who have diabetes and meet income qualifications.
1-574-247-6047

ESRD Networks

#10 ESRD Network “The Renal Network”
911 E. 86th Street, Suite 202
Indianapolis, IN  46240
1-800-456-6919

State-Run Programs

Hoosier Healthwise
1-317-713-9627
1-800-457-4584

  • Adult Programs: Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program for Indiana children, pregnant women, and low-income families. Health care is provided at little or no cost to Indiana families enrolled in the program.
  • Programs for Children: Children’s Special Health Care Services provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children with serious, chronic medical conditions
  • Medication Programs: Hoosier RX Assistance helps in paying Medicare Part D (drug) premiums. 1-866-267-4679
  • Additional Programs: Indiana’s health care program to serve individuals who may have special health needs or benefit from specialized attention.  People served by Care Select may be aged, blind, disabled, members who get room and board assistance, members on M.E.D. Works, wards of the court and foster children, children receiving adoptive services and members on a home and community based (HCBS) waiver.

Health Reform Status:

Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Indiana.

Medicaid: It is not known at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.

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