End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is a medical condition in which a person's kidneys cease functioning on a permanent basis leading to the need for a regular course of long-term dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

Did You Know?

You may be eligible for MEDICARE if you have ESRD.

Medicare and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

You can get Medicare no matter how old you are if your kidneys no longer work, you need regular dialysis or have had a kidney transplant.

Patients with kidney failure can receive Medicare regardless of age, and without 24 months of disability.

The Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Program is a national health insurance program for people with ESRD.

Learn about your eligibility and coverage options if you need regular dialysis or have had a kidney transplant

If You Have ESRD and Medicaid it is a Requirement that you apply for MEDICARE.

This means that if you do not currently have MEDICARE coverage, you must apply for Medicare and show proof that you have applied, as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

For information on how to apply for Medicare with ESRD

Need help applying for MEDICARE?

If you have Medicaid and need help apply for MEDICARE the New York State Department of Health has contracted with several agencies that can help you. Contact one of our Facilitated Enrollers who can help you apply for MEDICARE. Facilitated Enrollers provide free, in person help in your community. To find a Facilitated Enroller near you, please see the list below of agencies, their contact phone number and the counties they serve.

COMMUNITY SERVICE SOCIETY OF NY ACR HEALTH (315) 475-2430 Cayuga – Herkimer – Madison – Oneida – Onondaga – Oswego
Coordinated Care Services Inc (585) 613-7662 Livingston – Monroe
Healthy Capital District Initiative (518) 462-1459 Albany – Saratoga – Schenectady – Schoharie
Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (518) 274-0701 Columbia – Green – Rensselaer
Finger Lakes Community Health (800) 346-2211 Chemung – Ontario – Schuyler – Seneca – Steuben – Wayne – Yates
Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center (SAIL) (518) 792-3537 Fulton – Hamilton – Montgomery – Warren – Washington
Southern Tier Independence Center (607) 724-2111 Broome – Chenango – Cortland – Delaware – Otsego – Tioga – Tompkins
Westchester Disabled on the Move (914) 968-4717 Orange – Putnam – Rockland – Westchester
Community Service Society
(as provider of FE services)
(212) 254-8900 Dutchess – Sullivan – Ulster
NASSAU-SUFFOLK HOSPITAL COUNCIL Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (631) 435-3000 Nassau – Suffolk
WESTERN NY INDEPENDENT LIVING INC. Directions for Independent Living, Inc. (716) 557-3030 Allegany – Cattaraugus
Massena Independent Living Center (315) 764-9442 Franklin – Jefferson – Lewis – St. Lawrence
North Country Center for Independence (518) 563-9058 Clinton – Essex
Southwestern Independent Living Center (716) 661-3010 Chautauqua
Western NY Independent Living (as provider of FE services) (716) 836-0822 Erie – Genesee – Niagara – Orleans – Wyoming
PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS NYC Human Resources Administration (347) 396-4705 Bronx – Kings – New York – Queens – Richmond
Public Health Solutions
(as provider of FE services)
(800) 544-8269
Single Stop USA (800) 290-7189

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Additional Resources

Social Security Office Locator

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Where can I find more information on ESRD?

Links to non-State and Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) or New York State Government, and none should be inferred. The NYS DOH is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links.

National Kidney Foundation

End-Stage Renal Disease Network Program

American Kidney Fund