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.
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.
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.
Kidney disease affects African-Americans and Hispanics at higher rates than their white counterparts. African-Americans make up 12% of the American public, but over 35% of the people on dialysis. Hispanics are over one and half times more likely to get kidney disease than Caucasians. The Health Equity and Accountability Act would help to ensure that at-risk populations have access to the health care they need and provide funds to better understand why the disease affects certain communities more than others.
A number of rare diseases cause kidney failure, including Berger’s Disease (aHUS), and Alports Syndrome. Rare diseases are defined in the United States as affecting less than 200,000 people in the United States. Since the number of kidney patients with rare diseases is low, legislation that assures that these diseases are not excluded from research is needed.
Please contact your U.S. Representative to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1270, the Living Donor Protection Act that will ensure that individuals who give the gift of life are protected from discrimination and are encouraged to help those in need.
On Oct. 5, H.R. 3976, the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act, was introduced. The bill would require insurance companies to accept payments from nonprofit organizations like AKF that serve people who are living with serious health conditions and need charitable assistance to stay insured. Please contact your Representative to request cosponsorship of this important legislation!
Please take action and email your Representative and Senators today to tell them about the urgent situation for dialysis patients in Puerto Rico and ask them to act immediately on funding for Hurricane Maria disaster relief.
Please email your congress today to request copsonsorship of H.R. 2644/S.1890, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017.
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.
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!