New Bill Introduced to Extend Immunosuppressive Coverage for Transplant Patients

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On Sept. 22, Representatives Michael C. Burgess, MD, R-Texas, and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., introduced the Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act. This legislation would allow individuals who are eligible for immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part B to continue to receive their treatment past the current 36-month cutoff.

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries who are 65 or older or who are receiving Social Security Disability Income are covered under Part B for their immunosuppressive drugs without any time limitation. Under the proposed bill, kidney recipients who are younger than 65 and not receiving Social Security Disability Income would also have indefinite coverage if they do not have insurance that includes immunosuppressive drug coverage. The extension applies only to immunosuppressive medications.

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