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IDF Q & A – Patient Questions Answered

Medical Treatment Questions and Living with a PI Diagnosis Questions Private Insurance Questions Medicare/Medicaid and Other Government Subsidized Health Plans Disability Questions Patient Rights Miscellaneous Services Medical Treatment Questions and Living with a PI Question: I have CVID. I am deficient in all areas but the worst is IgG. Is there any chance that taking vitamins or herbal supplements (i.e. garlic etc) could be effective or mo…


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Medicare IVIG Access Act Passes Congress, Goes to President

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national patient organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD), is elated to announce that the Medicare IVIG Access Act (HR 1845) has passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, allowing the legislation to be signed into law by the President. In the U.S., there are approximately 250,000 people diagnosed with primary immunodeficie…


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Medicare IVIG Access Act

In January 2013, the Medicare IVIG Access Act (HR 1845) was signed into law by President Barack Obama, creating a three-year demonstration project allowing for the payment of home infusion services for Medicare patients with primary immunodeficiency (PI) to be implemented within one year of its signing. The demonstration project should prove the cost effectiveness of allowing Medicare patients with PI access to home infusions of IVIG, thus pavin…


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Medicare IVIG Access Demonstration Project Bill Introduced

IDF President and Founder Marcia Boyle with Rep. Matsui on IDF Advocacy Day 2010 Medicare IVIG Access Demonstration Project Bill Introduced The work of the IDF Advocacy Day volunteers has paid off as Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) has introduced HR 5597 , the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Demonstration Project with 7 bipartisan original co-sponsors: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Rep. Lee Terry (R-Nebraska…


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Immunoglobulin Therapy & Other Medical Therapies for Antibody Deficiencies

There are several specific medical therapies available for patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases involving the humoral immune system. These illnesses include X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia (XLA) and Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), among others, and are characterized by a lack of and/or impaired antibody function. Effective therapies for these disorders are a reality for most patients, and optimize their health, improve their qua…


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Medicare IVIG Access Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2012 – The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national patient organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD), praises the actions of the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the Medicare IVIG Access Act (HR 1845). In the U.S., there are approximately 250,000 people diagnosed with PIDD, and thousands more go undetected. PIDD occurs in patients born wi…


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President Obama Signs into Law Medicare IVIG Access Act

IDF is proud to announce that the Medicare IVIG Access Act (HR 1845) was signed into law today, January 10, 2013, by President Obama. HR 1845 provides for a demonstration project to examine the benefits of providing coverage and payment for items and services necessary to administer intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in the home for patients with PIDD. Medicare law contains a special provision for patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases t…


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President Obama Signs Medicare IVIG Access Act in Law

IT’S DONE!!!  After the overwhelming support of both chambers of Congress, President Obama signed HR 1845, the Medicare IVIG Access Act, into law on Thursday January 10, 2013.  It has taken patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases and their families five years of working with Congress to successfully pass the bill. During that time, 361 patients, family members and other supporters participated in over 500 meetings on annual IDF Advocacy…


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Update: Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project Implementation Delayed

The Medicare IVIG Access Act that was signed into law in January 2013 instructed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a three-year demonstration project that would reimburse for the items and services needed to do home infusions of IVIG for patients on Medicare. Prior to this demonstration project, the items and services were not reimbursed by Medicare and only the cost of the immunoglobulin itself was paid for by Me…


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AAAAI IVIG Toolkit

Patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases have rights, especially in terms of treatment and standards of care. (Click here for IDF’s Bill of Rights for Patients with PI.) To help patients protect those rights and educate healthcare providers and/or insurance companies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID) Committee created an IVIG toolkit. The kit includes recommendations…


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