Pledge to support NKF’s 100-days agenda
As a public health crisis that affects 37 million Americans, we know that kidney disease is often the result of low-quality care, that it’s been made worse by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it’s emblematic of how racism often undermines Americans’ access to health care.
But we can change that, together. The 100-days agenda that we just sent to the next administration asks the President-Elect and Members of Congress to:
- Continue prioritizing kidney patients in the official response to COVID-19. This includes continued access to personal protective equipment, home dialysis where appropriate, telehealth, and similar services that minimize patients’ risk of exposure.
- Invest in kidney health. Compared to the significant financial toll that kidney disease takes on Medicare and other federal health programs, current federal resources won’t suffice. A Special Kidney Disease Fund will help address gaps in research, awareness, innovation, and prevention.
- Establish an Office of Transplantation within the Department of Health and Human Services. This is a key step to addressing our nation’s organ transplantation system, which is too often siloed, inefficient, and lacking in accountability.
- Expand and build upon the Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) initiative. While continuing the focus on improving the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease, expanding options for patients, and reducing healthcare costs, we must also build on its main pillars. This means expanding the initiative’s focus on public health infrastructure for kidney disease, kidney care disparities, access to kidney transplant, caregiver support for home dialysis patients and innovative approaches to treatment kidney failure.
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