Coverage options for American Kidney Fund grant recipients

Here are alternatives that patients in need can explore.

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has announced it is ending financial assistance funds for Californians in need. Here are alternative options patients can explore. You can contact a specific program for more information.

  • Covered California

    Low- or moderate-income Californians may be able to get help buying coverage from Covered California through monthly subsidies that lower premium costs. Visit or call 1-800-300-1506.
  • Medi-Cal

    Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for low-income California residents. Most people with Medi-Cal pay no premium or co-payments. Visit or call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506.
  • Medicare

    Medicare is the federal program that provides health care coverage for people who are 65 or older or under 65 with a disability, including End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Most people with ESRD are enrolled in traditional Medicare, which includes, Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage); Part B (outpatient/medical coverage); and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
  • Medicare Supplemental

    A Medicare Supplement insurance plan, also known as Medigap, fills in some of the gaps in Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. This includes deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Individuals under 65 with ESRD may not be eligible for this type of coverage. Visit or call HICAP at 1-800-434-0222.
  • Major Risk Medical Insurance Program

    The Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) is for Californians who are unable to obtain coverage in the individual health insurance market because of a pre-existing condition. If you have Medicare solely because of ESRD, you can apply for this program to supplement your Medicare. Visit or call 1-800-289-6574.

For information on how to get help with your health coverage options, you can download the fact sheet or visit our page of frequently asked questions.

Information on Medicare

More information on Medicare

The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides free, confidential one-on-one counseling, education, and assistance to individuals and their families on Medicare, long-term care insurance, other health insurance-related issues, and planning ahead for long-term care needs. HICAP also provides legal assistance or legal referrals when dealing with Medicare or long-term care insurance-related issues. To find your local HICAP office, please visit or call 1-800-434-0222.