While the news cycle in recent weeks has been laser-focused on Senate efforts and intra-party debates surrounding repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, bright spots of bipartisan collaboration on other healthcare legislation are quietly proceeding on Capitol Hill.
The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017, introduced in late May 2017, tackles three distinct areas of interest to the kidney community: research, access to treatment, and stability for the Medicare ESRD program. Introduced in the House by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the bill is a focal point for Kidney Care Partners (KCP)—a broad advocacy coalition of which ASN is a member. The ambitious legislation includes several provisions ASN advocated for. The society will be emphasizing these areas as it works in partnership with fellow KCP members and other stakeholders to raise awareness and build support for the bill in the coming months: