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Kidney Legislation Before Congress

Below is a list of kidney-related legislation that is before the 114th Congress.

The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2015 (H.R. 1130, S. 598)

The American Kidney Fund strongly supports the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2015 (H.R. 1130, S. 598). Introduced in February 2015 by Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA), John Lewis (D-GA) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) in the House and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the Senate, this legislation would improve the coordination of patient care through a variety of measures, including allowing individuals under 65 with kidney failure to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. It would also expand patient access to kidney disease education programs and home dialysis treatment options. The legislation would address kidney disease research, setting the nation on the path toward a cure through efficiently managed and coordinated biomedical research. The legislation would require the GAO to assess the adequacy of federal funding for CKD research relative to the expenditures for CKD care and identify gaps in research. The legislation also mandates a federal study to better understand the progression of kidney disease and treatment of kidney failure in minority populations.

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