Number of dialysis patients statewide: 4,660

This state offers 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.

Kentucky Dialysis Patient Resources

Patient Support and Financial Resources

National Kidney Foundation Serving Ohio and Kentucky
Offers emergency financial assistance to patients with limited funds living in Ohio and Kentucky.
1-614-481-4030

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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.

ESRD Network

#9 ESRD Network “The Renal Network”
911 E. 86th Street, Suite 202
Indianapolis, IN  46420
1-800-456-6919

State-Run Programs

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
1-800-372-2973

  • Adult Programs: Provides quality health care and related services for eligible individuals and families
  • Programs for Children: Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program is a free or low-cost health insurance program for Kentucky’s youth whose families do not make more than 200% of federal poverty level.  Kentucky Commission For Children With Special Health Care Needs Provides assistance with medical care and meds.

Health Reform Status:

Exchange: Kentucky will run its own state-based health insurance exchange.

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

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