Chronic Renal Disease Program

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The Nebraska Chronic Renal Disease (CRD) Program is an
income-based client assistance program that helps eligible Nebraska residents diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease
(End-Stage Renal Disease) with the cost of pharmaceuticals
and dialysis services.

The Program will only pay for covered services after all other payment sources — including Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or any other health insurance — have determined
and paid their share.

Who is eligible for the Program?
Nebraska residents diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease
(End-Stage Renal Disease) may apply. Additionally, an
individual must also:

  • Require dialysis or kidney transplantation to maintain
    or improve his/her condition.
  • Meet U.S. citizenship/alien requirements. 
  • Meet income guidelines based on household size. (See
    the table below.)
  • Meet the statutorily defined standards for being served
    by the Program.

How to apply for the Program
Clients apply for the CRD Program through their dialysis center social worker and are sent an eligibility letter upon admission
to the Program. All information provided to the Program is confidential and will not be used for any other purpose than to determine eligibility for the Program.

For Clients:

Chronic Renal Disease Program Flyer

Policy for Determining Income Verification and Household Size

Reimbursable Drug Formulary

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Extra Help Program

Nebraska Kidney Association

Title 181 - Special Health Programs

For Service Providers:

Reimbursement Procedures for Dialysis Services

Reimbursement Procedures for Pharmacies

Excel icon Pharmacy Statement Template

Pharmacy Updates

Program Application Form

Service Provider Enrollment

Current Income Guidelines

​Number in Family
1 ​2 ​3 ​4 ​5 ​6
​$36,420 ​$49,380 ​$62,340 ​$75,300 ​$88,260 ​$101,220
The client assistance limit for state fiscal year 2017-18 (July 2017 - June 2018) is $11,800 per client.

What services does the Program provide?
The Program only reimburses for medications listed on the Reimbursable Drug Formulary and all drugs must be prescribed. The Program reimburses for generic drugs only — unless there is not a generic available. If that's the case, it is clearly marked on the Formulary.

Reimbursable dialysis services can be received in a dialysis center, a hospital out-patient setting or at home. 

The State of Nebraska provides 100% of the funding for the Program and the amount is limited. Costs for renal-related services that are not reimbursed by the Program or other payers are the responsibility of the client. 

Chronic Renal Disease Program
Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

Phone: 402) 471-0925
Fax: (402) 742-1118

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