Through our work with policymakers, Kidney Care Partners (KCP) advocates for policies that improve the coordination of care and the understanding of chronic kidney disease (CKD), lower the barriers that block patients from accessing and choosing treatments, expand and enhance research efforts, and that reform the economics underlying the kidney care landscape so that financial incentives are aligned with patient goals.
In all, KCP’s legislative goals are to promote legislation that will provide End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients with better access to high-quality healthcare – both by improving patients’ ability to choose their insurance and by expanding research initiatives to identify innovative treatments – and securing the economic stability of the dialysis care infrastructure to ensure the future of kidney care.
With regard to Medicare’s ESRD program, KCP advocates for patient-centered improvements to the Medicare benefit, upon which more than 80 percent of individuals with kidney failure rely upon to cover the cost of their care.
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The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research & Treatment Act
The bipartisan Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 2644/S. 1890) is designed to protect the delivery of high-quality care for patients with kidney disease. Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA) and John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the measure in the House while Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Senate companion bill. Both bills support improvements in the research and treatment of chronic kidney disease to benefit more than 700,000 Americans living with kidney failure.