By Richard Harris, NPR News
Kaiser Health News
The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive.
Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught up by this peculiar feature of the federal kidney program.
Creasey started kidney dialysis about 12 years ago after her kidneys failed. That meant going to a dialysis center three times a week, for three hours per session. (A typical patient undergoes three to five hours of dialysis per session).
“The first three years of dialysis was hard. I walked around with this dark cloud. I didn’t want to live, I really didn’t,” she says. [Read more…] about Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable