The Kidney Community is Back in Action on Capitol Hill

The Kidney Community is Back in Action on Capitol Hill Posted on September 10, 2015 by nkf _advocacy NKF and members of our Kidney Action Committee joined forces with the Kidney Community on Capitol Hill today to ask Congress to cosponsor the Living Donor Act of 2015 and to invest more funds in research for kidney disease.The stats are startling. Over 26 million individuals have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Medicare spends more than $87 billion caring for individuals with CKD. Yet, federal funds for kidney research total just short of $600 million. It’s more important than ever that Congress act to ensure that funding for kidney disease research is increased. You can help support this effort now by emailing your members of Congress. Together, we can prevent and, one day, cure kidney disease!We are also advocating for Congress to cosponsor the Living Donor Act to protect the rights of living donors. This Act prohibits insurance companies from denying or limiting life, disability and long term care insurance and from charging higher premiums to living organ donors. The Living Donor Act would also protect living donors’ jobs by ensuring they can take time off from work to donate through the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA). More than 101,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. Last year, only 17,106 transplants w

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