Learn about best practices in engaging your elected officials, and the public policy issues affecting health care and kidney disease.

House of Representatives passes ‘American Health Care Act’

Author: Deborah Darcy  |  Posted:

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 >>

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New legislation aimed at protecting living donors

Author: Ben Shlesinger  |  Posted:

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 >>

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Connect with your Congressman on Facebook

Author: Tracey Clayborn & Deborah Darcy  |  Posted:

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 >>

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Repeal and Replacement for the Affordable Care Act

Author: Deborah Darcy  |  Posted:

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 >>

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How to meet your elected officials in person

Author: Ben Shlesinger  |  Posted:

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 >>

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