Life Options, a program of Medical Education Institute, Inc.

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Toll-Free Helpline:
800-468-7777

Call for answers to your questions about kidney function, dialysis, keeping a job, Medicare, exercise, and more. With support from Sanofi Renal.

Financial Help

  • American Kidney Fund - nonprofit organization provides individual grants, pharmacy grants, disaster relief, emergency travel grants, discount pharmacy program, Renagel Assistance Program for hemodialysis patients (supported by Genzyme), and a health insurance assistance program (supported by donations from dialysis providers and others); applications through clinic social workers
  • American Organ Transplant Association - nonprofit organization helps people set up trust funds to raise money for organ transplant surgery and follow-up care
  • Benefits CheckUp - website by the National Council on the Aging helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.
  • Benefit Eligibility Estimate Screening Tool - an interactive tool to help you find out what Social Security benefits you may qualify to get based on your situation. By completing the forms on the site, you are NOT applying for help. Social Security does not keep the information you share.
  • Disabilityinfo.gov - federal government website on sources of help for people with disabilities
  • Employment: A Kidney Patient's Guide to Working and Paying for Treatment - information for people with kidney disease and people on dialysis or with transplants on employment and vocational rehabilitation, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance, disability programs (SSDI and SSI), federal legislation affecting kidney patients, glossary of terms and a list of resources
  • Give Forward - empower friends and family to send love and financial support to patients as they navigate a medical crisis; since Aug of 2009, they have helped patients and their families raise over $4 million for things like co-pays on expensive medicine, travel, lodging for treatment in other cities, and experimental treatments not covered by insurance
  • Dental Lifeline Network - free dental services through volunteer dentists
  • National Kidney Foundation - many NKF affiliates offer limited financial help; find your affiliate by state or zip code
  • HelpHOPELive - helps people needing transplants raise money for costs not covered by insurance
  • Social Security Administration - information and applications for Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income, and more
  • Veterans Affairs - apply for compensation, pension, education or vocational rehabilitation benefits on-line if you are a veteran