Take Action to Increase Access to Immunosuppressive Medication

ASN needs your help to ensure kidney transplant patients are able to access life-saving immunosuppressive medications.

Congress has introduced the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (H.R. 5534/S. 3353), bipartisan legislation that would remove Medicare’s three-year limit for coverage of immunosuppressive drugs.

According to a pre-pandemic Department of Health & Human Services report, hundreds of kidney transplant patients lose their transplant due to an inability to afford immunosuppressive medication. This is not only costly to the health of the patient, but also to Medicare as the patient returns to dialysis. A recent analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that extending coverage of immunosuppressive drugs would save Medicare $70 million over a period of 10 years.

ASN and stakeholder organizations have urged Congress to pass this legislation before time runs out. However, your legislators need to hear from you as a constituent. Urge them to pass the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act, which will save lives and taxpayer dollars.

Visit the following link and send a pre-composed email to your members of Congress: www.asn-online.org/policy/lac.aspx.

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