Number of End-Stage Renal Disease patients statewide: 91,287

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.

California Dialysis Patient Resources

Patient Support and Financial Resources

Community Health Partnership – Diabetes Coalition of Santa Clara County
Provides low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals access to diabetic medical supplies, with an emphasis on the Latino population.
Santa Clara County

National Kidney Foundation Serving Southern California & Southern Nevada
This foundation has an emergency assistance fund to aid dialysis and transplant patients who are experiencing financial crisis.

ESRD Network

Northern California
#17 Western Pacific Renal Network
533 Airport Blvd
Suite 400
Burlingame, CA 94010

Southern California
#18 Southern California Renal Disease Council
700 N Brand Blvd, Suite 405
Glendale, CA 91203

State-Run Programs


  • Adult Programs: This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.
  • Programs for Children: Healthy Families is low cost insurance for children and teens.

Health Reform Status:

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

Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.

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