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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding, patient centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease in the US. Together, we can enhance the lives of kidney patients by making our voices heard in support of the issues affecting funding, treatment, research and more. Join the effort today.

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Listen to our Kidney Advocacy Committee patients and other supporters on Capitol Hill talk about why they have raised their voices for kidney patients across the country.

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The Living Donor Protection Act will protect living organ donors and remove barriers to donation by prohibiting insurance companies from denying or limiting life, disability and long term care insurance to living donors, and from charging higher premiums.  It will also help to protect the jobs of living donors while they recover from donation.

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To keep our momentum in Washington, D.C. and your state capitals, we need to share your stories.  When we are asked, “Are there examples of a living kidney donor being discriminated against in…” or “Tell me about constituents whose lives would have been changed by earlier detection of kidney disease…” we want to share your story with them.

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100 members of Congress are new and likely to know little about kidney disease, organ donation or the challenges faced by kidney patients, living organ donors, and family caregivers and health practitioners. We need your help to change this! Please help us educate all 100 new Members on kidney disease within the first 100 days of Congress and continue the education of returning Members.

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Tell Congress to Act to Fund Kidney Disease Research and Programs! The latest data coming from CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance Project shows the number of Americans with CKD is higher than previously estimated. There is action Congress can take to support funding for research and programs that generate awareness and promote improved access to treatment for CKD.

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On April 12th, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) with 16 other Representatives introduced a resolution recognizing the need for Americans to support increased awareness of organ donation.  It lauds those who have already become living organ donors or registered to become an organ donor and acknowledges deceased donors who gave the gift of life.

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Colorado State Representatives Landgraf and Buckner  introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (HB19-1253) which will ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor.  It would also require the state Department of Human Services to develop materials related to living organ donation.

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State Representative Tarah Toohil and 13 other legislators introduced Pennsylvania’s Living Donor Protection Act (HB 924), which would ensure that life, long-term care, and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors, employees who are eligible for FMLA leave for living organ donation and requires the Pennsylvania Department of Health to develop educational materials related to living organ donation.

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The state legislature in Illinois is considering its own Living Donor Protection Act (HB2847) and the Living Donation Tax Credit (SB68).  HB2847 would ensure that life, long-term care, and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors and provides employees up to 30 days of unpaid leave for organ donation. SB68 would offer a tax credit for companies who offer employees donating an organ paid leave.

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State Senator Jason Smalley, working with an NKF-led coalition, introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (SB704) in Oklahoma’s state legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes.  SB704 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor.

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Kansas’ House Insurance Committee, working with advocates of the National Kidney Foundation, introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (HB 2041).  HB 2041 would ensure that life insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. Help us give thanks and protect our heroic living kidney donors across Kansas by clicking below!

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On January 14th, State Senator Dan Hughes (R-44th) introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (LB 228) in Nebraska’s state legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes. LB 228 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. Help us give thanks and protect our heroic living kidney donors across Nebraska by clicking below!

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Earlier this January, Senators Carter and Brophy McGee introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (SB 1100) in Arizona’s state legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes. SB1100 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. Help us give thanks and protect our heroic living kidney donors across Arizona by clicking below!

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State Representatives Hambley and Hudson, working with NKF’s advocates, introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (HB 41) in Ohio’s state legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes.  HB 41 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor.

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State Senators Sandra Pappas and Susan Kent introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (SF 1146) in the Minnesota State Legislature.  SF 1146 would ensure that life insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. It also provides certain employees a period of unpaid leave for living organ donation. Help us give thanks and protect our heroic living kidney donors across Minnesota by clicking below!

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Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Brian Feldman introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (HB 1284/SB 705) in the Maryland State Legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes. HB 1284/SB 705 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. It also provides certain employees up to 60 days of unpaid leave for living organ donation.

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State Senator Sara Gelser introduced the Living Donor Protection Act (LC 3580) in Oregon’s State Legislature to help living organ donors, people we consider heroes. LC 3580 would ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance, or pricing based solely on the person’s status as a living organ donor. It also provides certain employees a period of unpaid leave for living organ donation.

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