On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA); there was no Democratic support for the bill, and 20 Republicans voted against it. The bill is the first step in the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. READ MORE >>TOPICS:
Learn about best practices in engaging your elected officials, and the public policy issues affecting health care and kidney disease.
In March, the Living Donor Protection Act of 2017 was introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). The aim of the legislation is to ensure those who are living organ donors are able to find insurance and have job protection when they take the necessary time off for the lifesaving procedure of donating an organ. READ MORE >>TOPICS:
In an effort to increase civic engagement, Facebook rolled out a new feature called Town Hall to help you get in touch with your elected officials. Town Hall pulls up your state, local and federal reps and gives you the option to contact and/or follow them. All you need is a Facebook profile to access the app which even gives you access to call them directly if you choose! READ MORE >>TOPICS:
There are a number of reasons why the AHCA failed to garner sufficient support among House Republicans. The conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed the bill because it did not fully repeal the ACA. READ MORE >>TOPICS:
Members of Congress spend most of their time in Washington, D.C., but when Congress is not in session, they go home to their districts. These times are called “district work periods” or “recess.” This is when public officials can meet with their constituents locally rather than in the nation’s capital. READ MORE >>TOPICS:
There are more than 50 new members of the U.S. House of Representatives and seven new U.S. Senators! Check to see if you have new elected officials! READ MORE >>TOPICS:
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. READ MORE >>TOPICS: