Welcome to the American Kidney Fund’s Action Center. Keeping policymakers informed is critical in the fight against kidney disease. Add your voice to thousands of other voices in our Advocacy Network and help us make a difference! Use the Action Alerts below to send personalized messages to your representatives in Congress on key issues affecting kidney patients and their families.
Support living donors
Expand Medigap coverage
In 20 states, dialysis patients on Medicare under the age of 65 are not guaranteed a Medigap plan. In the others, Medigap access may not fully cover their medical expenses.
Take action on other issues
The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 3912/S. 1676) aims to improve the lives of those with kidney disease. The legislation would increase awareness of kidney disease and expand preventative services.
“Surprise bills” are health care bills that patients didn’t know were coming. These bills can be much higher than normal copays or coinsurance that consumers pay, and they have led to financial hardship and even ruin for some patients.
For Americans living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), transplants are the best and most desired treatment. In the United States today there are about 80,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant, and the wait time can be years.
Kidney disease disproportionately affects African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. Issues such as access to care, language barriers, cultural competence of practitioners, and income levels can lead to worse health outcomes for individuals in these communities.
Kidney patients need a cure. 37 million Americans have kidney disease. Kidney failure is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. There are 495,000 people on dialysis and nearly 208,000 living with kidney transplants. Each month, about 10,000 new cases of kidney failure are diagnosed. Americans need a bigger investment in kidney research.
37 million Americans have kidney disease and most of them don’t know that they have it. Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death.
Send a message to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a topic that is of critical importance to dialysis patients who rely on AKF for treatment-related grant assistance.
Send a personalized letter to your Member of Congress today to ask him or her to join the Congressional Kidney Caucus to show support for the millions of Americans living with, or at risk of developing, kidney disease!