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“Winter” may be coming, but August is here!

by Andrew Fullerton, Government Relations Manager What is so special about August that you should take time away from binge watching “Game of Thrones?”  During August, your Senators and Representatives will be coming home from Washington, D.C. for the month … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration Advocacy

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations The news reported out of our nation’s Capital is increasingly focused on what isn’t being accomplished instead of what’s been done. While the news is overwhelmingly negative, successes do … Continue reading

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Healthcare Reform Fails in the Senate

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations As we have reported, the Senate has conducted a series of votes on the American Care Act (ACA) reform during the closing days of July but failed to gain … Continue reading

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Victory for kidney disease patients in Pennsylvania!

by Andrew Fullerton, Government Relations Manager Thanks to the efforts of the entire renal community in Pennsylvania, the state legislature made a significant improvement by restoring nearly all of the funding Governor Wolf proposed to cut from the Chronic Renal Disease Program (CRDP).   … Continue reading

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House Committee Approves Funding for NKF Priorities

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations Advocacy works! On July 19th, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies … Continue reading

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Legislative update on the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations On July 17th, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) announced that a Senate floor vote on the Republicans’ draft health care reform legislation will not be scheduled, given some Republican … Continue reading

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Legislative update: The Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations On July 13, Senate Republican leaders unveiled a revised version of their healthcare reform bill.  Previously, the National Kidney Foundation stated its opposition to the Senate Better Care Reconciliation … Continue reading

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Senate Introduces the Better Care Reconciliation Act

By Troy Zimmerman, National Kidney Foundation’s Vice President of Government Relations On June 22, the U.S. Senate introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their counterpart to the House of Representative’s American Healthcare Act.  Both bills would significantly reduce access to … Continue reading

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At Home This August? Consider Meeting Your Legislators!

By Andrew Fullerton, Government Relations Manager Will you be around this August and want to help make a difference for patients?    Consider taking a few hours to meet with your lawmakers (or their staff) to tell them about the importance … Continue reading

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30 million Americans with CKD: Action is Needed Now

An estimated 30 million Americans are affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD) and most do not even know they have it.  This newest data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) CKD Surveillance Program and is higher … Continue reading

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