It’s becoming clear that COVID will add to the ranks of the 37 million Americans with kidney disease, as some COVID-19 survivors develop Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), a condition which causes permanent kidney damage. Increased incidence of kidney disease may end up becoming the secret legacy of this virus, at a time when the federal budget is not prepared to address this tidal wave of need. That’s why we need you to take action now and urge your Members of Congress to prioritize funding to address kidney health in the coming fiscal year.
Despite research that shows that early detection and intervention can slow or stop the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease, the federal government spends almost nothing on kidney health initiatives. At the same time, Medicare spends more than $120 billion annually — 24% of its budget — on patients with kidney failure; our budget is allocated to only address the end, when it’s clear that money should also be spent on awareness and prevention? Please tell your representatives to answer the call and ensure current and future kidney patients get the funding that they need.