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Renal Health

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Kidney Disease - General Information

American Assn of Kidney Patients
Helps kidney patients and families deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease. (800) 749-2257

Food Network Chef - Dialysis Diet
"Big Daddy" Chef Aaron McCargo, Food Network channel, talks about cooking for the dialysis diet in the video, Bold New Approach to Cooking for the Dialysis Diet

Kidney School
Learning modules to teach people about kidney disease and its treatment, adjust to kidney disease, and make good medical choices.

Life Options
Educational materials to help people live long and live well with kidney disease. (800) 468-7777

National Kidney Foundation - Recipes

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
NIDDK conducts and supports clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.

National Kidney Disease Education Program
Educational materials about kidney disease, early detection and treatments. (866) 454-3639

National Kidney Foundation
Education and materials for patients and professionals about kidney disease and dialysis, supports research and helps fund raising.
Wisconsin Chapter(800) 543-6393
Minnesota Chapter(800) 596-7943
Iowa Chapter:  (800) 369-3619


Kidney Dialysis

Dialysis Finder 
Directory of dialysis centers in the United States.

Global Dialysis
Worldwide directory of dialysis centers.

Home Dialysis Central
Information about home dialysis - (608) 833-8033

Linda Gromko, MD KidneyCare
Linda Gromko is a family physician whose husband receives home hemodialysis. Her blog explores issues of treating renal failure at home, making treatments more user-friendly, and caregiver support.


Financial Assistance for Kidney Dialysis Patients

American Kidney Fund
Organization for people with or at-risk for kidney disease through financial assistance, education, research and programs. (866) 300-2900

Disability Info
Federal government site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, professionals, and others.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities.
Wisconsin: (800) 442-3477 or (888) 877-5939 TTY
Minnesota: (800) 328-9095 or (800) 657-3973 TTY
Iowa: (800) 532-1486 Voice or TTY

Drug Assistance
Having trouble affording your medications? There may be drug assistance programs that could help. Ask a renal social worker for more information.

Financial Assistance (Gundersen Health System)
Contact your county to see if you are eligible for government programs, before completing the Gundersen Health System application. Ask a renal social worker for more information.

Health Insurance Assistance Program
Information regarding insurance and prescription options.
Wisconsin: (800) 242-1060
Minnesota: (800) 333-2433
Iowa: (800) 351-4664

Medicare
(800) 633-4227 English or Spanish
(877) 486-2048 TTY

Prescription Drug Helpline
Information about prescription drug benefits and how to reduce costs. 
(866) 456-8211 
Minnesota Linkage Line: (800) 333-2433

Social Security
(800) 772-1213 
(800) 325-0778 TTY

Wisconsin Chronic Renal Disease Program
Assistance for Wisconsin residents with chronic renal disease. Pays Wisconsin healthcare providers for treatment of chronic renal disease after all other sources of payment have been used. Minnesota and Iowa do not have this program. Ask a renal social worker for more information.

Wisconsin SeniorCare
Prescription drug assistance for Wisconsin residents 65 years of age or older, who meet eligibility requirements. (800) 657-2038


Support Networks

Caring Connections
Free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care.

Coulee Region Transplant Support Group
For individuals who have had a tissue or organ transplant, or those who are pre-transplant. (800) 362-5454 or (608) 392-6411

HOPE Line
Support line for people affected by chronic kidney disease to call a fellow patient. (800) 579-1970

Kidney End-of-Life Coalition
Information and resources addressing end-of-life concerns. (804) 794-3757

People Like Us Take Action
Organization that advocates to state and federal representatives to support kidney disease programs and bring awareness about kidney disease, statewide and nationally.

Renal Network of the Upper Midwest
Organization founded to improve care for patients with end-stage renal disease which provides data management, quality improvement and consumer service related issues such as patient concerns and grievances and vocational rehabilitation. (800) 973-3773

Renal Support Network
Patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides information, resources and services to those affected by chronic kidney disease. (866) 903-1728


Kidney Transplants

American Society of Transplant Surgeons – Patient Education
Look for these video titles:

  • Living kidney donation: what you need to know
  • Kidney transplantation: a guide for patients and their families
  • Living liver donation: what are the risks and benefits?

Transplant Living
Provides information and resources for people before, during and after transplant. (888) 894-6391

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