Kidney Awareness on Capitol Hill for World Kidney Day!

For World Kidney Day, 18 National Kidney Foundation (NKF) advocates from around the country converged in Washington, DC for our annual advocacy training.  NKF staff developed and led a training to educate advocates about various legislative issues and empower them to share their personal stories with their Members of Congress and ask for their support on kidney-related legislation.

Our group was part of a larger coordinated effort with other kidney patient groups on Capitol Hill, all doing our part to raise awareness about kidney disease.  NKF advocates met with over 40 offices on World Kidney Day, to discuss:

1) the newly re-introduced Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney  Transplant Patients Act of 2013 (S.323 / H.R.1325), which would extend Medicare’s coverage of the expensive anti-rejection drugs that kidney transplant recipients need to take for the life of their transplant,

2) continuation of the current level of funding for the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which identifies people at high risk of CKD, and

3) protecting dialysis patient access and quality of care by stopping any further cuts to Medicare.

Advocates left Washington, DC feeling empowered and ready to get involved in their local areas as well as remain in touch with the Members of Congress with whom they met.  Many of these advocates are already actively involved with their local NKF offices (a big “thank you” to the local offices we reached out to for suggested advocates!), and those who are new to volunteering with NKF were encouraged to contact their local offices to find out how they can get involved to help support local programs.

You too can become a National Kidney Foundation Advocate and TAKE ACTION to help kidney patients!

Gillian from CT and Mark from ME, outside of Gillian's Representative's office

Gillian from CT and Mark from ME, outside of Gillian’s Representative’s office

It was a sunny day (though chilly and windy) on Capitol Hill for World Kidney Day!  Gillian from CT, Mark from ME and Erin from the NKF national office in NY

It was a sunny day (though chilly and windy) on Capitol Hill for World Kidney Day! Gillian from CT, Mark from ME and Erin from the NKF national office in NY

the beautiful Capitol building

the beautiful Capitol building

About nkf _advocacy

The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.
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2 Responses to Kidney Awareness on Capitol Hill for World Kidney Day!

  1. joe cannestra says:

    What would be VERY helpful is to list the committee leaders office on capital hill that we can correspond with regarding kidney awareness, funding, etc.
    Thanks.

  2. LadyJane Dizon says:

    We are from the Philippines My friend needs your help.. She is on daily dialysis treatment and lack of financial for providing the treatment. What should we do?

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