- What every patient needs to know: “Talking about transplantation”
- Partnering with your Transplant team: The Patient Guide to Transplantation
- Q&A about a Change in Kidney Allocation Policy
- Men's Health Post Kidney Transplant
- Finding a Living Donor
UCLA and the United Network for Organ Sharing
Who are UNOS and the OPTN?
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a nonprofit organization that operates the Organ Procurement
and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under a contract from the federal government. The OPTN/UNOS continuously evaluates new advances and research, and uses this new information to improve organ transplant policies to best serve patients waiting for transplantation.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services lines to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss problems you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general. The toll-free patient services line number is 1-888-894-6361.
Additional details about the OPTN/UNOS, allocation policy and patient information resources are available on their website unos.org.
Financial Assistance/ Fund Raising
- Help Hope Live, 1-800-642-8399. Fundraising/ Emergency financial assistance.
- National Kidney Foundation, 1-800-622-9010. Resources available for kidney patients.
- National Foundation for Transplant, 1-800-489-3863. Fundraising.
- Free or los cost medications
- Wise & Healthy Aging, 1-855-636-7655. Helping Seniors (50+) save money on medical, medicine, food, and utilities.
- National Council of Aging|BenefitsCheckUp. To find benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.
- Affordable Care Act (Obama Care)
Maintaining adequate health insurance is crucial to the survival of your transplant. The Affordable Care Act gives people the ability to choose the health plan that offers the best services at the greatest value for you or find out if you qualify for Medi-Cal.
- Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), 1-800-434-0222
Provides health insurance counseling for Medicare and Private Insurance Issues
- HIPP Program, 1-800-952-5594
Medi-Cal pays private insurance and Medicare cost if you have no share of cost or share of cost of $200 or less
- Medi-Cal Working Disability Program
Maintaining Medi-cal while collecting disability income and working. Call the benefits planner at 866-426-1132 for a live person who will help you determine which work/disability program is best for you.
Caregiver & Transportation Resources
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), 1-888-944-4477
Helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home.
- ACCESS Paratransit, 1-800-827-0829
Offers medical transportation services for the disabled. In person appointment required for eligibility
- CityRide, 323-808-7433
A transportation program for qualified seniors and individuals with disabilities living in the City of Los Angeles and designated areas of Los Angeles County
- Renal Support Network, 818-543-0896
Community education events, online newsletters, and weekly webcasts for dialysis and transplant patients
- Renal Support Network HOPEline, 1-800-579-1970
To talk to a person who has lived with kidney disease
- Disability 101
A goldmine of information on disability, return to work, etc.