Gaining Support for the Kidney Cause

While Congress was in recess during the month of August, our Kidney Action Committee (KAC) liaisons took advantage of this opportunity to meet directly with their congressional delegations and staffs in their district offices to advocate for the issues important to them. More than 20 meetings were held throughout the country. On the agenda? Emphasizing the importance of federally funded health programs such as Medicare, which provides dialysis coverage for most Americans with kidney failure, and stressing the need for increased funding for kidney disease research through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Bill Murray (in orange) meets with Senator Carper's staff

Liaison Bill Murray (in orange), Marielle Van Thuyne (NKF) and Steve Tornone (Gift of Life) with Senator Carper’s staff (l) – Delaware 

Liaisons also worked to garner support for the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 1130 / S. 598), which aims to promote chronic kidney disease (CKD) research and education, expand care coordination efforts and protect access to care for dialysis patients.

These district office meetings provide a more personal forum to discuss the issues that matter most to constituents. For example, KAC liaison Rachel Payne met with Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), where they exchanged stories about their service in the Marine Corps and discussed what it is like to be a disabled veteran.  Rep. Palazzo seemed receptive to H.R. 1130 and Rachel plans to follow-up with him to ensure his support. In the meetings, Members of Congress and their staffs asked questions about kidney disease and many promised to show their support in the months ahead.

While putting a patient face and story on an issue remains a priority during these congressional meetings, many local NKF staff members attended alongside KAC advocates to highlight NKF’s presence in the community and the prevalence of kidney disease in their districts.

NKF staff Shannon Clark (l) and liaison Haley Newkirk (r) met with Senator Gardner's Regional Director, Nicole Frazier - Colorado

NKF staff Shannon Clark (l) and liaison Haley Newkirk (r) met with Senator Gardner’s Regional Director, Nicole Frazier – Colorado

Liaison Jill Ziegler and daughter Madeline (middle) met with Senator Cotton's staff - Arkansas

Liaison Jill Ziegler and daughter Madeline (middle) met with Senator Cotton’s staff – Arkansas

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6 Responses to Gaining Support for the Kidney Cause

  1. Pingback: Gaining Support for the Kidney Cause | kidneystoriesblog

  2. LadyJane Dizon says:

    My Friend Needs your help.. Already posted on google and facebook. You can check her photo on my account. I feel so worried about her situation. We are from Philippines.😪

  3. jahanzaib tahir says:

    Hi i need to know that where is your foundation branch office in asia i am in pakistan i need help regarding two twin babies they have problem i kidney

  4. calvin says:

    I have had ckd for 5 to 8 years and been going to the va Hospital for years and nobody has said anything to me

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