Number of dialysis patients statewide: 1,541

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.

Nebraska Dialysis Patient Resources

Patient Support and Financial Resources

Nebraska Chronic Renal Disease Program
This program provides assistance with medical care and medical supplies to residents of Nebraska who have been diagnosed with Renal Disease.
1-402-471-3121

Nebraska Kidney Association
Provides emergency financial aid for kidney and transplant patients with a demonstrated need.
1-800-642-1255

ESRD Network

#12 Heartland Kidney Network
7306 NW Tiffany Springs Pky. Suite 230
Kansas City, MO  64152
1-800-444-9965

State Run Programs

Nebraska Medicaid
1-402-471-3121
1-800-254-4202

  • Adult Programs: Pays for covered medical services for those persons who are unable to afford to pay for medically necessary services and who meet certain eligibility requirements.
  • Programs for Children: Kids Connection (also known as CHIP)  provides health care coverage for children under age 19.

Health Reform Status:

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

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

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