Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.

What’s it like to live with a transplant? The FDA wants to know

Kidney illustration
Author: Ashley Ring  |  Posted:

If you are a transplant patient, the federal government wants to hear from you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the production of all medications in the United States. To determine whether a drug is placed on the market, the FDA measures whether the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Kidney disease and diabetes: Spread the word!

Kidney disease and diabetes
Author: Together 2 Goal® Campaign Staff  |  Posted:

While some people are more at risk than others for kidney disease, it’s important to know there are some things you can control. Though you can’t change your family history, race or age, you can reduce the chances of developing other conditions that can lead to kidney disease—including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease—through lifestyle changes. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living

Putting patients first before insurance companies

People of mixed races
Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

We have been writing about the vital role of charitable third-party payments of insurance premiums for low-income kidney patients through the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) because insurers are lobbying for public policies that would deny this kind of assistance. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy

Fighting for the insurance rights of ESRD patients

Dialysis machine
Author: LaVarne A. Burton  |  Posted:

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will investigate possible inappropriate efforts by providers of dialysis services to steer patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid into insurance plans paid for by third parties. We think this is an important issue and we fully support the effort to make sure that there is no room for undue influence over patients in choosing their insurance. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: AKF programs, Advocacy and policy, News, Living with kidney disease, Kidney failure
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