Number of dialysis patients statewide: 929

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.

Rhode Island Dialysis Patient Resources

Patient Support and Financial Resources

National Kidney Foundation of New England
This foundation has a grant to assist patients who have kidney disease or are transplant recipients with a variety of needs.

The Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association, Inc. (KT/DA)
The KT/DA provides direct financial aid to needy kidney patients and donors in New England.
P.O. Box 51362 GMF
Boston, MA 02205-1362

ESRD Network

#1 Network of New England
30 Hazel Terrace
Woodbridge, CT  06525

State Run Programs

Rhode Island Medical Assistance

  • Adult Programs: A federal- and state-funded program that pays for medical and health related services for eligible Rhode Islanders.
  • Programs for Children: Medical Assistance for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Children with special health care needs may qualify for Medical Assistance due to their disability or condition.
  • Additional Programs: Rite Care and Rite Share, for families and those who need premium assistance.

Health Reform Status

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

Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility.

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