Posted by Ben Shlesinger  | 

In the changing health care landscape, and with a new administration in Washington, we have started this blog as a means to provide members of our Advocacy Network important and up-to-date information. Here is where we will share summaries of new bills on Capitol Hill, updates on legislation, activity at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), interesting news articles and other content we think will be of service to all of you. We also want to work with you on activities at the state level that will have an impact on people living with kidney disease and access to health care coverage.

But we want this blog to be a two-way street. We want to hear from you and fill this blog with the information that matters to you. There will always be a lot happening with chronic kidney disease issues on Capitol Hill and at HHS/CMS, and the American Kidney Fund is happy to make it all a little easier to understand. If there is a specific piece of legislation you want to know more about, or if you wish you had more information on something going on at CMS, let us know.

Also, we would like some of the content on this blog to be created by members of our Advocacy Network. Have you lobbied before and have some tips you’d like to share with everyone else? Do you have any insight on how you think advocates should reach out to their elected officials? Do you find social media to be a useful lobbying tool? We’re excited to work with our advocates to make this blog serve as a valuable resource.

If you have any ideas for future posts or want to provide your thoughts or comments, please e-mail me at bshlesinger@kidneyfund.org. I am excited to hear from our advocates and working with all of you.

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