Number of End-Stage Renal Disease patients statewide: 6,392

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.

Connecticut Dialysis Patient Resources

ESRD Network

#1 Network of New England
1952 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hamden, CT 06517

State-Run Programs

State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
Inside Connecticut 1-800-842-1508
Outside Connecticut  1-860-424-5016

  • Adult Programs: Medicaid for low income adultsf ages 19-64 who are not pregnant or are medically disabled.
  • Programs for Children: The HUSKY Plan offers a full health insurance package for children and teenagers up to age 19, regardless of family income.
  • Medication Programs: ConnPACE -Connecticut Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly7 and Disabled Allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to afford the cost of most prescription medications.
  • Additional Programs: Charter Oak offers coverage to the uninsured and to many adults experiencing financial hardship in paying unaffordable, non-group premiums on their own.  1-877-77CTOAK. Connecticut’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan now offers a comprehensive health benefits package at limited out-of-pocket cost to you.  1-800-656-6684.

Health Reform Status:

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

Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.

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