Number of End-Stage Renal Disease patients statewide: 1,418

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.

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Patient Support and Financial Resources

National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
Provides patient emergency financial assistance grants to kidney patients living in Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.
The National Kidney Foundation offers a financial assistance program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease or have received a kidney transplant.  The only additional requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Montana, and must make under $1,000 per month.   The maximum fiscal grant is $100 per person per fiscal year, although exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their Nephrology Social Worker or Transplant Social Worker.

ESRD Network

#16 Northwest Renal Network
4702 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA  98116

State Run Programs

Montana Medicaid

  • Adult Programs: Coverage for some low-income adults.
  • Programs for Children: Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) is a free or low-cost health coverage plan. The plan provides health coverage to eligible Montana children and teenagers up to age 19.
  • Medication Programs: Big Sky Rx Helps Medicare clients pay for Medicare approved prescription drug insurance premiums.

Health Reform Status

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

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

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