Ask your U.S. Representative to support the Health Equity and Accountability Act

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On April 26, 2022, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) and 59 other members of the Tri-Caucus — comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus – introduced legislation entitled the Health Equity and Accountability Act (H.R. 7585). The bill would address longstanding health disparities seen in every part of our country. The bill provides clear, actionable steps designed to advance health equity. Specifically, as kidney disease disproportionately affects people of color, the bill would take necessary steps to address kidney disease in these communities. While people of all races and ethnicities are equally likely to develop kidney disease, people of color are more likely to reach kidney failure and require dialysis or a transplant to survive. Black Americans represent 35% of those with kidney failure, but only 13% of the U.S. population, and Hispanic/Latino people are 1.5 times more likely to progress to kidney failure than non-Hispanic people. The bill requires the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to intensify and support ongoing research with respect to kidney disease in minority populations by including minority participants in clinical trials and submitting a report to Congress on federal research and public health activities with respect to kidney disease in minority populations. It also requires NIH to create a comprehensive plan to address kidney disease in minority populations. The bill would also require government agencies to take steps to increase kidney transplants and home dialysis in communities of color.Kidney disease is an urgent public health problem that currently affects 37 million Americans. At this moment, about 810,000 people in the U.S. are living with kidney failure and need dialysis or a transplant to survive. The bill would take a huge step forward in addressing kidney disease in the communities that are most at-risk and hardest hit.Please contact your Member of Congress to request they support this bill.