Letter to the Editor in Kansas City Star calls for Senate action on kidney health, KidneyX appropriations

By ASN Staff

For nearly 50 years kidney disease, one of the most deadly and costly chronic diseases has been overlooked by government, healthcare professionals, and the public—until now.

Thankfully, we witnessed the tide turn on kidney health on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 when the President signed an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. The Executive Order is the first major overhaul of the kidney care system since the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Program was launched in 1973, which guaranteed every American regardless of age would be eligible to receive dialysis treatment for their kidney failure through Medicare.

John Thomas, a University of Missouri student and kidney transplant recipient, was in Washingon, DC to witness the President sign the Executive Order that aims to lower the number of patients developing kidney failure, improve the quality and quantity of therapies available to Americans with kidney diseases, and increase the number of kidneys available for transplant.

Inspired by the bold new path for the treatment of kidney diseases laid out by the President, Mr. Thomas wrote to the Kansas City Star and called on Missouri Senator Roy Blunt to address the needs of the 807,436 patients with kidney diseases in Missouri by supporting KidneyX during the Senate appropriations process. Mr. Thomas’ letter to the editor can be viewed in its entirety here.

If you would like to help ASN advocate for Congress to fund KidneyX, please share your story about why we need to accelerate the development of new therapies for people living with kidney diseases by clicking here.

Your valuable perspective will be shared with Congressional offices on why breakthroughs are needed across the spectrum of kidney care and how KidneyX can catalyze innovation.

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For nearly 50 years kidney disease, one of the most deadly and costly chronic diseases has been overlooked by government, healthcare professionals, and the public—until now.

Thankfully, we witnessed the tide turn on kidney health on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 when the President signed an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. The Executive Order is the first major overhaul of the kidney care system since the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Program was launched in 1973, which guaranteed every American regardless of age would be eligible to receive dialysis treatment for their kidney failure through Medicare.

John Thomas, a University of Missouri student and kidney transplant recipient, was in Washingon, DC to witness the President sign the Executive Order that aims to lower the number of patients developing kidney failure, improve the quality and quantity of therapies available to Americans with kidney diseases, and increase the number of kidneys available for transplant.

Inspired by the bold new path for the treatment of kidney diseases laid out by the President, Mr. Thomas wrote to the Kansas City Star and called on Missouri Senator Roy Blunt to address the needs of the 807,436 patients with kidney diseases in Missouri by supporting KidneyX during the Senate appropriations process. Mr. Thomas’ letter to the editor can be viewed in its entirety here.

If you would like to help ASN advocate for Congress to fund KidneyX, please share your story about why we need to accelerate the development of new therapies for people living with kidney diseases by clicking here.

Your valuable perspective will be shared with Congressional offices on why breakthroughs are needed across the spectrum of kidney care and how KidneyX can catalyze innovation.

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Friday, August 23, 2019