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  1. #11
    Join Date
    06-25-04
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    Kansas
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    Default Re: Getting started with dialysis

    Here's an SSA page that describes the eligibility for SSI, which can help people with limited income and assets if they're aged (65 or older), blind (legally), or disabled (according to SSA criteria):
    http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm

    For an individual, the maximum payment from SSI in 2013 is $710/month. Some states add a supplement to that payment.
    For an individual, the average payment from SSDI in 2013 is $1,132/month for someone who gets SSI because of disability.
    http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/facts...afacts2013.htm

    Some people start to have symptoms when their kidney function declines below 50%. Other people don't have symptoms until much, much later. Still others feel like they have a bad case of the flu that takes them to hospital where they're diagnosed with kidney failure and start dialysis emergently. You might want to ask your kidney doctor how long it might be before you need dialysis.

    When your kidney function drops below 20, you can be placed on a transplant list or get a living donor's kidney. Transplant programs want to be sure that people have the resources or a workable plan for how they will be able to pay for the transplant drugs after Medicare ends 36 months after transplant. This is another reason to be thinking about and preparing to get a job so you either get health insurance or have the money to pay the premium for health insurance you get on your own.
    Beth Witten MSW ACSW LSCSW
    Medical Education Institute, Inc.

  2. #12
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    03-11-13
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    Pascagoula, MS
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    Default Re: Getting started with dialysis

    I discovered that my creatinine levels should be closer to 8.0 before I would require dialysis. My last creatinine level was at 2.7, so apparently I am 'on the up side' of the disease.

    I'm not sure that I would still qualify for SSI, but I really can't afford $200 a pop to see the nephrologist without medicaid to fall back on. They just keep sending me more paperwork to fill out, so I'm not sure if that's a positive sign or what.

  3. #13
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    06-25-04
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    Default Re: Getting started with dialysis

    It looks like it's going to be some time before you need dialysis so unless you have some other health condition that is disabling, you probably should look elsewhere for health insurance if you don't have it now.

    You can contact your state insurance department to find out what options you may have. Here's a link to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' website map where you can get the contact information:
    http://naic.org/state_web_map.htm

    You might also want to check out the government website for information on health insurance now and what's coming in 2014:
    http://www.healthcare.gov

    There may be one ore more free or low cost clinics near where you live. You may be able to get blood drawn there that your nephrologist needs to see with the results being sent to your nephrologist. This could reduce your costs at the nephrologist's office.
    http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
    Beth Witten MSW ACSW LSCSW
    Medical Education Institute, Inc.

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