Patient Assistance Programs
The Kidney Foundation of Ohio’s mission is to provide a broad range of programming to persons with kidney disease and their families. The Direct Assistance Program of medication assistance, medical transportation reimbursement assistance and emergency grant funding address the financial needs of people with kidney disease and help improve compliance. Programs are free of charge.
To apply for Direct Assistance, complete the Assistance Application.
Social workers who work in dialysis and transplant centers within the Foundation service have the application on file. For more information, contact the Program Department to speak with a staff member.
- Medications for kidney disease and related illnesses can cost nearly $500 a month for people on dialysis or $2,000 per month for transplant recipients.
- The Medication Assistance program provides financial aid to help people purchase medications.
- Priority is given to people who have no other form of assistance such as Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.
- Program participants may receive an average of $100 per quarter to purchase medications through an approved pharmacy.
- The Foundation also works with pharmaceutical companies who offer direct drug vouchers or discount purchase programs.
- People need safe, reliable and affordable transportation for dialysis and transplant appointments.
- The Medical Transportation Reimbursement Assistance program provides financial aid to people who need help paying for these transportation expenses.
- Applicants must travel a minimum of 20 miles round-trip to dialysis or transplant appointments.
- Priority will be given to patients who travel long distances.
- The maximum reimbursement is $35.00 per month.
The Kidney Foundation of Ohio does NOT provide or have the means to provide transportation for dialysis or transplant appointments.
- The Emergency Grant Assistance program provides a one-time per year grant when no other means of help is available.
- Payments are made to third party providers. Maximum amount of assistance is $100.
- Examples of grants include utility disconnections, auto repairs and medical supplies.
A.S.K. Program (Assist, Support, Konnect)
Do you or a loved one have kidney disease? Do you need to talk to someone?
You are not alone. The Kidney Foundation of Ohio helps individuals and
families just like you. Here's how we can help:
- A: Assisting
- S: Supporting
- K: for Connecting
We currently provide:
- Information and referrals
- Financial assistance for medication, transportation and limited emergencies
- Supportive counseling and problem solving
- Quarterly patient and family member meetings
Click here for a program brochure with more details.
If a kidney patient should need emergency treatment, it is important that certain precautions be taken. The Kidney Foundation of Ohio provides personalized medical alert tags, free of charge. The laminated tags on a chain include a patient’s name, treatment type, doctor’s name and telephone number, allergies and unusual medical conditions. Individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease may apply for the ID Tags through the electronic application form or by filling out an application and mailing into the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Awards are given to kidney patients or immediate family members who demonstrate financial need and a desire to attend a college or training program. The Kidney Foundation of Ohio, in conjunction with Cleveland Nephrology Foundation and the James Roseboro Memorial Fund, provide scholarships to students. Each application is reviewed by a committee. The program seeks to enhance the lives of individuals through education and personal success. To access the 2014 Scholarship Application, click here. Below is the scholarship timeline.
- 2014 Timeline
- May 31 - Deadline for applicants
- Summer - Committee reviews all application materials
- August - Applicants receive notification letter