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Blayne Badura thought that he had this kidney disease thing figured out. For two decades, he had worked as a Seminole County Deputy, a job that he loved and allowed him to provide for his wife and two children, while doing dialysis three times a week.

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For their 23rd wedding anniversary, Cesar Calle gave his wife Monica a kidney.

The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive.

Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught up by this peculiar feature of the federal kidney program.

  Lee Memorial Health System is temporarily suspending its kidney transplant program at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers while working to restructure and hire new staff.  The move comes a year after the health system stopped performing kidney transplants with living donors following the death of a donor.

A new study out this week shows Americans are more likely to donate a kidney if they’re paid.

Hospital Districts Square Off Over Kidney Transplants

Oct 13, 2015
Broward Health

Two Broward County hospital districts are in a legal dispute about which one of them should be allowed to offer an adult kidney-transplant program, according to documents filed in the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

In a column in the Miami Herald, former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who received a kidney transplant in 2003, laments a proposal to cut Medicare payments for kidney dialysis, the live-saving treatment for those who suffer kidney disease but don’t have access to a transplant. In Florida alone, Mourning writes, about 25,000 people rely on dialysis.