Policy Update

Representative David Jolly of Florida meets to discuss the Living Donor Protection Act with Kidney Health Advocacy Day volunteers from ASN and AAKP.

ASNAAKP and kidney patients visited Capitol Hill to talk to legislators and staff about the Living Donor Protection Act. What happened?

On Thursday, April 21, ASN, AAKP, and kidney patients joined forces on Capitol Hill to promote the Living Donor Protection Act. 

The dust is still settling from the election of November 4, 2014, when Republicans gained control of both chambers of Congress. Whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic administration can work together to address the many domestic and foreign challenges confronting the country today is one of the biggest questions as we head into 2015.

One thing most Democrats and Republicans agree on, though, is that medical research is one of the smartest investments the United States can make. Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the global leader in medical research, creates jobs, drives the economy, and most importantly leads to new discoveries that improve patient care. Unfortunately, sustained budget cuts since 2010 are jeopardizing this country’s research enterprise.

ASN provides input on potential options for a bill to improve care for people with chronic conditions.