DID YOU KNOW?
The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, responsible for two-thirds of all cases.
30 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, but 90% are unaware
Chronic kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. and growing
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease
Almost 10,000 children and adolescents have kidney failure or end-stage renal disease and are 30 times more likely to die than healthy children
For too long patients have asked why they were not diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) before learning they had kidney failure (ESRD). H.R. 3867 seeks to demonstrate that early detection of CKD, combined with effective and coordinated care that engages patients in the decision-making process, can not only improve clinical results but also lower healthcare spending.
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.
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.
Tell your story and urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to reintroduce and sponsor the Living Donor Protection Act, provide lifetime access for immunosuppressive medications through Medicare, and create a demonstration program to improve early detection and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The National Kidney Foundation has a long history of opposing all cuts to patient care, particularly relating to dialysis. The Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act, a ballot initiative put forth in California by the Service Employees International Union—United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), is unfair to dialysis patients, fails to demonstrate how cuts in funding will improve patient care, and could result in cuts in services for dialysis patients in California.
Have end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
Americans on the Kidney Transplant Waitlist
People with ESRD who died in 2014