Kidney Health Care Program Increases Travel Benefits for Participants

October 20, 2022

As of Sept. 1, 2022, the HHS Kidney Health Care (KHC) program increased the travel reimbursement benefit from 20 cents per mile to 25 cents per mile. The maximum allowable reimbursement remains $200 per month with a maximum number of 14 reimbursable medically necessary round trips to dialysis centers.

This increase in benefits is effective for travel completed in September 2022 and onward. This will have an immediate and direct effect on program participants who might have difficulty receiving lifesaving medical treatment otherwise.

“The KHC program is committed to the people we serve. We are pleased to announce this enhanced benefit and will continue to explore additional ways to support our fellow Texans,” said Marc Terrazas, operations branch manager for KHC.

The KHC program was established in April 1973. The program is available to Texas residents who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Earn less than $60,000 per year.
  • Have a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease from a licensed physician.
  • Get regular dialysis treatments or have had a kidney transplant.
  • Meet Medicare’s definition of end-stage renal disease.
  • Are not eligible for Medicaid medical, drug or travel benefits.

To learn more, visit the HHS KHC program webpage.