The first four months of 2017 have been nothing short of tumultuous in the Washington world of health care policy. As a result, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAAC) members are engaged on numerous policy fronts from efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the executive order on immigration and its travel ban to President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by nearly 20%.
It would be easy to view the current Washington environment as chaotic and feckless, but there has been a great deal more accomplished and moving forward than meets the eye. While ASN and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) hosted their fifth consecutive Kidney Health Advocacy Day (KHAD) 2017 on March 29, this year was anything but “business as usual.” The ASN PAAC also met for a daylong session on March 28 before KHAD. The following are highlights of what ASN took to Capitol Hill and is currently working on.