Patients needing an organ transplant must meet certain medical criteria and provide proof of long-term access to post-transplant medications needed to preserve the transplanted organ and the patient’s life. These vital medications and necessary follow-up medical care are only available through full health insurance coverage.
For patients unable to pay their health insurance premiums, this means they may never be listed to receive a transplant. Some kidney patients are eligible for financial support while on dialysis, but that support ends when patients no longer require dialysis.
For eligible patients, ITF assistance covers 100% of the monthly health insurance premium for the insurance plan selected by the patient. After three years, ITF works with each transplant recipient family to transition the responsibility for their insurance needs to the patient by reducing ITF support gradually, unless a patient remains unable to contribute due to financial hardship. To date, no patient has been removed from ITF support who could not afford his/her own insurance.