Kidney Community Advocacy Day 2017 – September 19th, 2017

By ASN Staff

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

Kidney disease is a major affliction in the United States.  In January 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reissued a report highlighting that 40 million Americans have kidney disease and about 680,000 have kidney failure and rely on dialysis or a transplant to live.  To bring better value to Medicare and improve patient outcomes, advocates are urging Congress to support an additional $150 million per year over 10 years to establish a Special Kidney Program for kidney research at NIH, supplementing currently appropriated funds.

Advocates are also asking Congress to pass the Living Donor Protection Act, which aims to remove barriers to living organ donation to help address the nation’s organ shortage crisis.  There are more than 100,000 Americans on the kidney transplant wait list. A patient is added to the list every 14 minutes and13 Americans die every day waiting for a kidney transplant. Besides increasing quality of life, transplants also save Medicare expenditures compared to dialysis: Medicare about $30,000 per transplant patient versus nearly $90,000 per hemodialysis patient annually on average. 

Please read the full press release from ASN and feel free to reach out to us at info@kidneynews.org for any comments or questions you may have about the Kidney Community Advocacy Day, the Living Donor Protection Act (HR 1270), or ASN in general.

 

2017 Kidney Community Advocacy Day Participants:

Alport Syndrome Foundation

American Association of Kidney Patients

American Kidney Fund

American Nephrologists of Indian Origin

American Nephrology Nurses Association

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

American Society of Transplantation

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Children’s Organ Transplant Association

Home Dialyzors United

IGA Nephropathy Foundation of America

Lowe Syndrome Association

NATCO

National Kidney Foundation

National Renal Administrators Association

NephCure Kidney International

Polycycstic Kidney Disease Foundation

Renal Pathology Society

Renal Physicians Association

Society for Transplant Social Workers

Transplant Recipients International Organization

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Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

Kidney disease is a major affliction in the United States.  In January 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reissued a report highlighting that 40 million Americans have kidney disease and about 680,000 have kidney failure and rely on dialysis or a transplant to live.  To bring better value to Medicare and improve patient outcomes, advocates are urging Congress to support an additional $150 million per year over 10 years to establish a Special Kidney Program for kidney research at NIH, supplementing currently appropriated funds.

Advocates are also asking Congress to pass the Living Donor Protection Act, which aims to remove barriers to living organ donation to help address the nation’s organ shortage crisis.  There are more than 100,000 Americans on the kidney transplant wait list. A patient is added to the list every 14 minutes and13 Americans die every day waiting for a kidney transplant. Besides increasing quality of life, transplants also save Medicare expenditures compared to dialysis: Medicare about $30,000 per transplant patient versus nearly $90,000 per hemodialysis patient annually on average. 

Please read the full press release from ASN and feel free to reach out to us at info@kidneynews.org for any comments or questions you may have about the Kidney Community Advocacy Day, the Living Donor Protection Act (HR 1270), or ASN in general.

 

2017 Kidney Community Advocacy Day Participants:

Alport Syndrome Foundation

American Association of Kidney Patients

American Kidney Fund

American Nephrologists of Indian Origin

American Nephrology Nurses Association

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

American Society of Transplantation

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Children’s Organ Transplant Association

Home Dialyzors United

IGA Nephropathy Foundation of America

Lowe Syndrome Association

NATCO

National Kidney Foundation

National Renal Administrators Association

NephCure Kidney International

Polycycstic Kidney Disease Foundation

Renal Pathology Society

Renal Physicians Association

Society for Transplant Social Workers

Transplant Recipients International Organization

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Monday, September 18, 2017