Number of dialysis patients statewide: 5,791

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.

Washington Dialysis Patient Resources

ESRD Network

#16 Northwest Renal Network
4702 42nd Avenue SW
Seattle, WA  98116
1-800-262-1514

State Run Programs

Washington State Health Care Assistance
1-800-562-3022

Adult Programs: Pays for medical care for those who can’t afford it.

Health Reform Status

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

Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.

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