Number of End-Stage Renal Disease patients statewide: 25,564
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.
Ohio Dialysis Patient Resources
Patient Support and Financial Resources
Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati – Medication Aid Program
Offers qualified kidney patients financial assistance to offset medication costs.
Ohio Department of Health/Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
Offers programs that will find and help pay for medical services for children under 21 who are residents of Ohio and have a Medical Handicap
Giant Eagle Supermarkets
Provides certain oral diabetes medications for free.
Prescriptions will be filled for up to 100 tablets; refills are also free. The specific medication(s) in the program may change from time to time; as of 4/20/10, metformin (Glucophage) was available.
Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland/Lend Each Other A Helping Hand (LEAH) Program
This program provides a 30-day supply of strips, lancets, and syringes to diabetics who are residents of the service area.
#9 ESRD Network “The Renal Network”
911 E. 86th Street, Suite 202
Indianapolis, IN 46240
State Run Programs
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
- Adult Programs: Ohio Medicaid offers a span of programs for older adults and people with disabilities to assist with medical expenses. These programs provide health care coverage consisting of primary and acute-care benefit packages along with long-term care.
- Programs for Children: Ohio Healthy Families Health care coverage program for families that include a child younger than 19 and who meet income requirements.
- Medication Programs: Ohio’s Best Rx Prescription drug discount card program for seniors and low-income individuals.
- Additional Programs: Working Ohioans with disabilities may be interested in the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities program.
Health Reform Status
Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Ohio.
Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.