Welcome to the American Kidney Fund’s Action Center. Keeping policymakers informed is critical in the fight against kidney disease. Add your voice to thousands of other voices in our Advocacy Network and help us make a difference! Use the Action Alerts below to send personalized messages to your representatives in Congress on key issues affecting kidney patients and their families.

Support living donors

Ask Congress to support the Living Donor Protection Act

Support living donors in your state

Arizona - Ask your state senator to vote YES on SB 1100 to support organ donors

Arkansas - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on SB 309 to support organ donors!

Illinois - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on HB 2847 to support organ donors!

Nebraska - Ask your state senator to support LB 228 to support organ donors

New Jersey - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on A1510/A2457/S377 to support living organ donors

New York - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on bills to support living organ donors

Kansas - Ask your state representative to support HB 2041 to support organ donors

Maryland - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on HB1284/SB705 to support organ donors!

Minnesota - Ask your Minnesota state lawmakers to vote YES on SF 1146 to support organ donors!

Ohio - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on HB 41 to support organ donors!

Oklahoma - Ask your state senator to vote YES on SB 704 to support organ donors

Oregon - Ask your Oregon state lawmakers to vote YES on SB 796 to support organ donors!

Vermont - Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on HB 322 to support organ donors!

Expand Medigap coverage

Ask your Tennessee state lawmakers to vote YES on HB 770/SB 1130 to support kidney patients!

Ask your Rhode Island state lawmakers to vote YES on HB 5384 to support kidney patients!

Take action on other issues

Urge Congress to fund programs that address racial and ethnic disparities

Kidney disease disproportionately affects African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. Issues such as access to care, language barriers, cultural competence of practitioners, and income levels can lead to worse health outcomes for individuals in these communities.

Ask your representative to tell CMS to preserve Medicare's Six Protected Classes

When Congress designed the Medicare Part D program, it ensured that the full range of six classes of critically important drugs — medications for patients with mental health conditions, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, lupus, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and organ transplants — would be guaranteed on all health plans for the patients who need them. Today, that policy is under threat from a proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Urge Your Representatives to Support Funding for Kidney Research

Kidney patients need a cure. 30 million Americans have kidney disease. Kidney failure is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. There are 495,000 people on dialysis and nearly 208,000 living with kidney transplants. Each month, about 10,000 new cases of kidney failure are diagnosed. Americans need a bigger investment in kidney research.

Tell Congress why they should care about kidney disease

30 million Americans have kidney disease and most of them don’t know that they have it. Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death.

Let HHS know that third-party premium payments are important to patients

Send a message to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a topic that is of critical importance to dialysis patients who rely on AKF for treatment-related grant assistance.   

Urge your representative to join the Congressional Kidney Caucus!

Send a personalized letter to your Member of Congress today to ask him or her to join the Congressional Kidney Caucus to show support for the millions of Americans living with, or at risk of developing, kidney disease!