Number of dialysis patients statewide: 13,175

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.

Michigan Dialysis Patient Resources

ESRD Network

#11 Renal Network fo the Upper Midwest
1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55108
1-800-973-3773

Patient Support and Financial Resources

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
This foundation has a variety of programs to assist people with kidney disease who are in need.
1-800-482-1455

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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.

Health Refrom Status:

Exchange: Michigan will run its health insurance exchange in partnership with the federal government.

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

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