Kidney Health Care

Kidney Health Care is a statewide program that helps Texans with end-stage renal disease pay for:

  • Dialysis treatments
  • Access surgery
  • Drugs
  • Travel to transplant or dialysis services (mileage reimbursement)
  • Medicare premiums

For more information, read the Kidney Health Care Client Handbook (PDF).

If you are a provider, find more information on the Kidney Health Care webpage for providers.

KHC News

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act will provide lifetime Medicare coverage of immunosuppressant drugs (ISDs) for kidney transplant recipients who are eligible for Medicare. For more information on this Medicare benefit, read our Expanded Medicare Coverage of ISDs for Kidney Transplant Patients (PDF) notice.

Where Can I Get Services?

You can get KHC services at:

  • Home
  • Hospitals
  • Dialysis facilities
  • Pharmacies

Covered services are limited to KHC-participating providers.

Who Is Eligible for Services?

The program is available to anyone who:

  • Lives in Texas
  • Has an income less than $60,000 per year
  • Has a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease from a licensed doctor
  • Gets regular dialysis treatments or has had a kidney transplant
  • Meets Medicare’s definition of end-stage renal disease
  • Isn’t eligible for Medicaid medical, drug and travel benefits

How Do I Apply for Services?

You must first visit a KHC participating outpatient dialysis facility, hospital or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility. Facility social workers are available to help with the process.

For more information on submitting an application, please view our KHC Application Information document.

Your social worker must send us:

KHC accepts applications and supporting materials by fax, email or mail.

KHC now accepts applications by email at KHC_Apply@hhs.texas.gov.

Fax Number: 512-206-3982 (for application submission only)

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Austin Area Local Phone 
512-776-7150

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512-776-7162

Email Address 
khc@hhs.texas.gov

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Kidney Health Care 
Mail Code 1938 
P.O. Box 149030 
Austin, TX 78714-9947