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Lawmakers, Advocates Push to Extend Medicare's Coverage of Kidney Transplant Drugs

from NPR

For nearly a half-century, Medicare has covered patients, regardless of age, who have end-stage renal disease, including paying the costs of kidney transplants and related care, which run about $100,000 per patient. But coverage ends after 36 months for those younger than 65 who don't otherwise qualify for the program — and that includes payment for the vital immunosuppressive drugs that cost thousands per patient each month. more


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