Legislative Agenda

Legislative Efforts to Improve Kidney Care

Through our work with Congress, KCP advocates for policies that improve the coordination of care and the understanding of chronic kidney disease, 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.

KCP supports the following legislative efforts:

House Dear Colleague Letter on KidneyX Appropriations (April 26, 2021)

Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brian Babin (R-TX), and 55 co-signers submitted a letter to appropriators requesting $25 million in matching funds for KidneyX. Learn more.

Living Donor Protection Act (S. 377/H.R. 1255)

This legislation would protect living organ donors and promote organ donation by protecting living organ donors and removing barriers to donation. KCP sent a letter to the bill co-sponsors, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Cotton, Representative Nadler, and Representative Herrera Beutler, in support of the legislation on April 14, 2021. Learn more.

Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act (H.R. 8181)

This legislation, introduced on Sept. 8, 2020, would expand access to Medigap insurance coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Learn more.

The Renal Anemia Innovation Support and Expansion (RAISE) Act

This legislation, introduced on Sept. 4, 2020, would keep older patients with chronic kidney disease healthy by expanding Medicare to cover an effective oral treatment for renal anemia that can be taken in the safety of their own homes. Learn more.

Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 (H.R. 5534/S.3353)

This legislation would extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients. KCP submitted a letter of support for the bill to Congressional leadership on July 27, 2020. Learn more.

House Letter to CMS Regarding the ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) Mandatory Demonstration (Oct. 17, 2019)

Seventy-three bipartisan members of the House of Representatives submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Verma urging the agency to address several serious design issues before implementing the proposed ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) mandatory demonstration. Read the letter here.

Letter to CMS Regarding the ESRD Prospective Payment System (April 19, 2019)

Sens. Blunt and Cardin wrote to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS
Administrator Verma requesting they take administrative actions to ensure the long-term stability of the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease program, including addressing the problems in the drug designation policy related to functional category drugs. The letter also recommends that CMS better align requirements under its ESRD quality improvement initiatives. Read the letter here.

House Dear Colleague Letter on KidneyX Appropriations (March 28, 2019)

Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Brian Babin (R-TX), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), and 57 co-signers submitted a letter to appropriators requesting $25 million in matching funds for KidneyX. Read the letter here.