Medicare Part B Immunosuppressive Drug Benefit
As UNOS Ambassadors, we wanted to let you know about a new benefit available to eligible kidney recipients through Medicare Part B. This is a benefit that has been in the works for years, and we wanted to provide some important information as you continue on your individual transplant journeys.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently announced a drug benefit for eligible kidney recipients that would help cover the costs of immunosuppressive medications.
If you are 36 months post kidney transplant, receive Medicare benefits because of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and are not enrolled in other healthcare coverage, you may be eligible for the Medicare Part B Immunosuppressive Drug benefit.
Dates to Remember
Eligible individuals can enroll in this new benefit at any time, and those who terminated their coverage can re-enroll at any time. For those who enroll by December 31, 2022, coverage will begin January 1, 2023. If you enroll after December 31, 2022, your coverage will begin the following month.
How to Apply
If you believe you or someone you know is eligible for this benefit, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-877-465-0355 or download and complete the form CMS-10798.
The completed form should be mailed to:
Social Security Administration
Office of Central Operations
PO Box 32914
Baltimore, Maryland 21298-2703
We hope you find this information helpful, and we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider or transplant team for with additional questions.