Here's the NY Times story: Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal
"The American Kidney Fund is one of the largest charities in the country, with an annual budget of over $250 million. Its marquee program helps pay insurance premiums for thousands of people who need dialysis, a lifesaving and expensive treatment for kidney failure.
Here's the AKF's response: Our response to Sunday’s New York Times article
"An article in the business section of Sunday’s New York Times presented a factually incorrect and unfair picture of the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the lifesaving work that we do through our Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP). We have reached out to the Times to request corrections on the most serious factual errors and misleading statements. In the wake of this article there are several key points that we feel are essential to emphasize:
- Since we are a charitable organization, we do ask all providers to contribute to our program—but we never require it.
- We have never turned away a patient who is financially qualified to receive a grant, and we never will turn away such a patient.
- We never condition our issuing of grants on whether a provider has contributed to AKF, and fully 40 percent of dialysis providers with patients receiving help from AKF don’t contribute anything to AKF.
- There is no “earmarking” of donations.
- HIPP has firewalls in place to protect the integrity of the program."
The agreement linked to in the NY Times article (to put it in context) is Advisory Opinion No. 97-1 of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.