On Thursday, Feb. 6, a panel of leaders in the kidney innovation community highlighted accomplishments made by KidneyX at a congressional briefing in Washington, DC, and called on Congress to support KidneyX.
The briefing, titled KidneyX: Accelerating the Future of Kidney Care, featured a panel of speakers representing the Department of Health and Human Services, the KidneyX steering committee, venture capital, kidney patients, and KidneyX prize winners.
On Wednesday, May 8, the House Appropriations Committee voted to send the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill to the House floor for consideration. The bill and accompanying committee report provides a total of $189.9 billion in funding, a nearly $12 billion increase over FY 19 enacted levels, and includes a number of priorities of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).
At the urging of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) members and American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) ambassadors’ calls and recent visits to Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of 57 lawmakers wrote to the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee asking them to include $25 million in funding for KidneyX. The letter, sent March 28, represents a major victory for KidneyX and is the latest example of a recent outpouring of public support for KidneyX from Congress and the Administration. Congressional Kidney Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN-08), along with champions of patient-centered innovation, Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36), spearheaded the letter culminating the intensive efforts from congressional leaders and the kidney community.